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European Rabbit  Desert cottontail,European Rabbit,Geotagged,Oryctolagus cuniculus,Summer,Sylvilagus audubonii,United States Click/tap to enlarge

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  1. Could this be an escaped pet? Or, a melanistic individual? Posted 2 years ago
    1. I was thinking it looked like an escaped pet as well. Posted 2 years ago
      1. I've removed the ID for now... Posted 2 years ago
  2. I saw several of these at the same park, I don't think they were escaped pets. But I guess they could be. Posted 2 years ago
    1. Interesting that you saw several black ones. Maybe the population started as escaped/released pets and then multiplied? Posted 2 years ago
      1. The face/body shape on this looks more like a melanistic European Rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus), but I could be wrong. We need a bunny expert! Posted 2 years ago, modified 2 years ago
        1. I was thinking the same species as a possibility. Posted 2 years ago
  3. What is it that makes you so sure it's an escaped pet? There are plenty of wild bunnies out there. Posted 2 years ago
    1. It doesn't look quite like a desert cottontail (note the ears). Also, European rabbits are invasive and are known to have spread across the U.S. This particular bunny looks like that species (melanistic form). So, it makes sense that European Rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) may be the correct ID. It could be an escaped pet or part of a wild population.

      Posted 2 years ago, modified 2 years ago

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The European Rabbit or Common Rabbit is a species of rabbit native to south west Europe and north west Africa. It has been widely introduced elsewhere often with devastating effects on local biodiversity. However, its decline in its native range has caused the decline of its highly dependent predators, the Iberian Lynx and the Spanish Imperial Eagle.

Similar species: Hares, Rabbits And Pikas
Species identified by Alex Callihan
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Uploaded Oct 1, 2019. Captured Aug 18, 2018 09:38 in Curley Springs Trail, Provo, UT 84604, USA.
  • Canon EOS 30D
  • f/5.6
  • 1/400s
  • ISO1250
  • 132mm