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Jackrabbit for dinner? Maybe not

Published: January 30, 2014, 1:27 pm, by Bill Radford

Jackrabbits sometimes hang out in our pasture and it’s always interesting to see them race across the field; with their giant ears and back legs, they look like aliens crossing through the grass.

The other day, our dog Hank chased – and subsequently caught and killed – a jackrabbit in the yard. (Not something we want to encourage.) We wondered if perhaps we should find someone who would want to skin it and eat it, but in looking online it appears that jackrabbit meat is not all that well thought of. “Wasn’t really impressed, stick to cottontail,” one post read.

In perusing the Colorado Parks & Wildlife website, I also learned this:

- Jackrabbits are, properly speaking, not rabbits but hares, like the snowshoe hare. Hares have longer feet than rabbits and usually have longer ears.

- Cottontails are born blind, nearly naked and helpless. Hares, by contrast, are born fully furred and ready to hop.

-  The white-tailed jackrabbit lives in mountain parks, sagebrush country, and native shortgrass prairie. The slightly smaller black-tailed jackrabbit
lives in semi-desert country in southern and western Colorado, and on disturbed prairie in the east.