Hare at Home

As I walked alongside the Burrowing Owl preserve in the northeast corner of the park, a couple of park visitors stopped me. One of the visitors said that she had just seen a rabbit in the fenced area, and had called Berkeley Animal Control to let them know that someone had abandoned a pet rabbit in the park, a very mean thing to do. I assured her that this animals was likely not a dumped pet but a wild Black-tailed Jackrabbit, and had been at home in this area for many years. (She called Animal Control back and canceled the alarm.) Lepus californicus is a California native. I photographed my first ones in the park in March 2015. One of them fell victim to an off-leash dog a month later, in a grisly killing. I saw two of these rabbits in the owl preserve in March 2018.

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