• Red cliffs descend into the water of Bighorn Canyon

    Bighorn Canyon

    National Recreation Area MT,WY

Cottontail Rabbit

Cottontail Rabbit

Cottontail Rabbit

NPS

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?

Young bighorn ram, photo by T. Ennis

The bighorn sheep disappeared from the area in the 1800s. In the 1970s, Montana and Wyoming state game agencies translocated sheep into nearby areas. Descendants of these sheep moved into the range along Bighorn Canyon and today the estimated population is 150 to 200. More...