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Living with Rabbits

Dessert Cottontail

Dessert Cottontail

Those cute cuddly rabbits in the front yard can sometimes turn into monsters. They can do considerable damage to flowers, vegetables, trees and shrubs. In Montana we have 8 species in the rabbit family Leporidae: the Eastern Cottontail, Mountain Cottontail, Desert Cottontail, Snowshoe Hare, White-tailed Jack Rabbit, Black-tailed Jack Rabbit, Pygmy Rabbit, and the American Pika. About half of these have limited ranges in Montana and are consequently uncommon in most of the state or in urban areas.