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Brachylagus idahoesis, also known as the pygmy rabbit, makes its home in North America. This species is currently endangered. The pygmy rabbit is the smallest rabbit in North America. It is small enough to fit in the palm of one's hand. These rabbits live in areas containing sagebrush because it supplies 99% of their winter diet. Sagebrush is found in Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Utah, Nevada, California, Oregon and Washington. Once over 100 million acres, the sagebrush habitat of the pygmy rabbit is now reduced to only seven or eight million acres. The pygmy rabbit is one of two rabbit species in North America that dig their own burrows. In the winter, they dig tunnels through the snow to get to one another. Oil and gas production, excessive cattle grazing, and urban development of western states have severely fragmented the sagebrush habitat of the pygmy rabbit. This species is too timid to cross highways to get to other pygmy rabbit communities. Pygmy rabbits are easy prey when out in the open because of their size. Bobcats, coyotes, weasels, badgers, owls and foxes, and also humans all prey on pygmy rabbits. Overgrazing on BLM (Bureau of Land Management) land where the bureau allows the killing of sagebrush to make room for more grass for cattle is one of the biggest problems being addressed to try to save the sagebrush habitat for the pygmy rabbit. If grazing areas are limited and sagebrush allowed to thrive in other areas, the habitat of the pygmy rabbit could be saved, and this species might make a comeback.

The following is a link to an informational video on the pygmy rabbit. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJmzkqANzRU
This video from the Oregon Zoo shows baby pygmy rabbits. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yiaTKLdzyL8&p=B12A26F8FB030955&playnext=1&index=15

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