The Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit

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The Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit, or Brachylagus idahoensis, is listed as endangered by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. This Pygmy Rabbit is the smallest species of its kind in North America, and it is also one of the only two species of rabbit in the world that digs its own burrow. The Pygmy Rabbit is different from other species because it falls within the monotypic genus ‘Brachylagus’. The phylogenetic identity of this rabbit is as follows: Animalia (Kingdom), Chordata (Phylum), Mammalia (Class), Lagomorpha (Order), Leporidae (Family), and Brachylagus (Genus). The closest living relative of the Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit is the Idaho Pygmy Rabbit with which the original Columbia Pygmy’s are being bred to keep the genetics of the species diverse enough to survive without major future complications. According to the Nature Mapping Federation website, the Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit once occupied areas of southwestern Montana, northeastern California, southern Idaho, central and northern parts of Nevada, central and eastern parts of Oregon, northwest Utah, and southeastern Washington. Presently however, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service website lists that the Pygmy Rabbit is known or believed to only occur in the counties of Adams, Benton, Douglas, Franklin, Grant, Kittitas, Lincoln and Yakima in the state of Washington. The Nature Mapping Federation also states that this Rabbit is usually located in places of tall, thick sagebrush cover. The sagebrush is an

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