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Mountain Cottontail

Sylvilagus nuttalli
Closeup of Mountain cottontail rabbit sitting in snow.  Photo by USFWS
Like most rabbits, the cottontails of the Bison Range quickly run off when they sense danger, which includes vehicles and people. However, they are seen at times along the side of the road; particularly in Pauline Creek where there is cover close enough to get to quickly to hide. Cottontails form a food base for a wide variety of predators, including hawks, eagles, owls, and coyotes.

Facts About Mountain Cottontail

2 pounds
Grasses and forbs, browser in winter
3 years or less
Various times spring and summer
Young (4-6 per litter) 4-5 litters per year
Close to cover along Pauline Creek, near Bitterroot Trail 
Last Updated: Feb 05, 2013
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