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Pygmy Rabbits live in dense stands of sagebrush or greasewood growing in deep, loose soil. The deep, loose soil is important because this rabbit digs its own burrow, usually at the base of sagebrush which is the main component of the Pygmy Rabbit's diet. Formerly widespread in central Washington, it is present mainly in Douglas County with the largest known population on the Sagebrush Flats. Its decline in Washington is believed to be due to the cultivation of most deep soil sites in the Columbia Basin.
The two steppe zones (the Central Arid Steppe and Three-tip Sage zones) were core areas. Non-forested habitat except for sparse vegetation and tree savanna was good.
Translated from the Washington Gap Analysis Mammal Volume by Dave Lester
Design by Tim Knight; Photo: United States Bureau of Land Management