• 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?

Pryor Mountain Wild horse in a lupine meadow, photo by Kayla Grams

Bighorn Canyon NRA contains a portion of the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range. The current debate on management of the herd - 188 strong as of 2009 - concerns its size and whether or not it has grown too large for its protected range. More...