Animal #59 — Mountain Cottontail

sylvilagus nuttallii

Thursday, May 10, 2012 — 2:30 pm

Ute Valley Park — Colorado Springs, Colorado

As I was wandering in search of a trail back to my car, I happened up on a small clearing. This cottontail was sitting there with a mouth full of grass about 10 feet from where I stood.

I decided it was a Mountain Cottontail because:

  1. I was in Colorado Springs, where the elevation is above 6,000 feet, and the Mountain Cottontail is supposed to replace the Desert Cottontail at that elevation.
  2. It had white whiskers.
  3. I’d already seen a Desert Cottontail.
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