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White Tailed Jack Rabbit. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
White Tailed Jack Rabbit
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Berger retracts claim of rabbitís disappearance from Yellowstone
Biologists dispute Joel Bergerís article proclaiming there are no more white-tailed jack rabbits in Yellowstone and Grand Teton parks
March 6, 2008

The website, an online division of the Times-News published daily in Twin Falls, Idaho, posted a story on March 6th about wildlife biologist Joel Berger withdrawing a claim he made that white-tailed jack rabbits had disappeared from the Yellowstone area. The claim was a key conclusion of a study and research he did in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks.

Bergerís study was published in the January issue of the Canadian science journal Oryx. His report stated that for some unknown reason the once-common rabbit had disappeared unnoticed from the Yellowstone region sometime in the last century.

The story says that after the article was published, numerous biologists and naturalists contacted Berger refuting his conclusions and providing evidence of recent sitings of the rabbits.

Berger is a professor in the wildlife biology program at the University of Montana and is a senior scientist with the Wildlife Conservation Society. He is also doing pronghorn (antelope) wildlife research in the Upper Green River Valley near Pinedale.

For the complete article written by Matthew Brown click on this link: Montana biologist withdraws claim of rabbit's disappearance (Times-News, 3/6/08)

Related Links
  • Undetected species losses, food webs, and ecological baselines: a cautionary tale from the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, USA - (Oryx, Volume 42, Issue 01, Jan 2008, pp 139-142)
  • Jackrabbit Mystery in Yellowstone Park - Interview on National Public Radio between Joel Berger and Alex Chadwick (4 mins 7 sec audio file)
  • Pinedale Online > News > March 2008 > Berger retracts claim of rabbitís disappearance from Yellowstone

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