Cottontails are the true rabbits. In particular, the Desert Cottontail calls Bighorn Canyon home. The range of this cottontail just reaches the southern edge of the Northern Rockies. Its habitat is the open, arid sagebrush areas common throughout the recreation area.
In size, they are generally small with dark ears and short legs. These rabbits take over vacant burrows or make shelters in brush heaps. Litters average about four or five completely helpless babies, which will be ready to leave the mother in about two months.
Did You Know?
The Lockhart Ranch - the best preserved historic homestead - in the Bighorn Basin was owned by noted author Caroline Lockhart. Starting with 160 acres in 1926, she added land until she controlled over 6,000 acres. More...