Where Have All The Jack Rabbits Gone?
Posted 19 March 2011 - 11:39 AM
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Posted 19 March 2011 - 01:13 PM
But as far a bunnies go.......they go in cycles and unless you hunt them you don't have a good handle on them....some years they may be abundant but you're just not seeing them from the road. They as a whole are one tough creature that know how to survive and prosper on the good years...you must of heard the say.....they multiply like rabbits...that's why there's so many of them...
Posted 19 March 2011 - 01:32 PM
There aren't a lot of them thats for sure.
Posted 19 March 2011 - 03:33 PM
- Quote from National Geographic.
Now, Cottontail are different, no lack of them around here. I was out this morning and we had a 5 dog pack on the ground. The dogs tracked 3 different rabbits (had visual on 2 of them), for about an hour each.
No hare in this area.
Edited by nofish4me, 19 March 2011 - 03:33 PM.
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Posted 20 March 2011 - 12:32 PM
I've been on this board since way y y y back when carp fishin' was to be laughed about. I think I've seen just about every topic there is, touched upon, and in the last few years, photographs to go with 'em, with the notable exception of jack rabbits? It's been 30 years since I've seen one in the wild . . . .. it used to be quite common to seen them while driving the back roads in Southern Ontario, and in many of the 'wild' areas around Toronto, such as the Don Valley, all along the Scarborough Bluffs, etc. Like their smaller cousin, the snowshoe, they made a delicious stew! Anybody out there seen a jack rabbit in the past few years . . . . or are they extinct?
I walked in a field on the south side of Rice lake 30 yrs ago and counted over 100 dead jacks in less than a 1 acre area!!!! A virus has decimated them.
Posted 20 March 2011 - 12:54 PM
But as far a bunnies go.......they go in cycles and unless you hunt them you don't have a good handle on them....
you need to be out walking fields and fence rows to have a true idea of their population. i'd say we're in the "low" part of their cycle considering i've seen a steady decline over the last few years. considering how much energy it would require to chase down a jack, i wonder how often yotes actually target adult hares?
Some of the toughest prey animals are peoples pet cats and dogs. My outdoor cats and the neighbors barns cat were seen all the time carrying young rabbits and birds.
and that right there is why most cats (excluding FIXED barn cats) should be kept indoors. people are so quick to blame yotes for seeing fewer small game animal and birds when it's really cats that have a bigger impact. its rather frustrating when people allow their cats to roam the wild killing as they please and it's even worse when the cats arent fixed. trying to convince cat owners that little fluffy shouldnt be killing all kinds of turkey poults, grouse, rabbit, songbirds, etc is nearly impossible.
Edited by ch312, 20 March 2011 - 12:55 PM.