Watch: Oregon biologists survey for pygmy rabbits

Pygmy rabbits aren’t easy to find, and recent wildfires in Oregon raise questions about effects on their isolated populations. Recently, biologists with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife set out to better understand pygmy rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis) distribution and abundance in sagebrush country and the effects of roads and development there. What they learn may help managers conserve the rabbit and the sagebrush landscapes it occupies.

Watch below to see ODFW biologists in search of these elusive rabbits.

Header Image: Pygmy rabbits occupy sagebrush landscapes in Oregon, which have been affected by roads, development and wildfires. Credit: Ann Froschauer/USFWS