Pygmy rabbit program is nearing the end
By Associated Press
EPHRATA, Wash. (AP) — A program to breed endangered Columbia Basin pygmy rabbits likely will end this year.
Chris Warren oversees the pygmy rabbit recovery effort for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. He says efforts in 2010 will shift from saving local genetics to building a population in the wild made up of crossbred and imported rabbits from Idaho.
There are no known Columbia Basin pygmy rabbits left in the wild. The last purebred rabbit in captivity died last year. Genetically speaking, Warren says the Columbia Basin pygmy rabbit is now extinct.
The last-ditch attempt to save the federally protected rabbits from extinction has cost about $250,000 a year since it began in 2001.
Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.
This is along the North Fork Stillaguamish River in Arlington, WA
Looking north from Duvall around 5pm, double rainbow after a strong cell moved through.
This was a once-in-a-lifetime shot of a brilliant sunrise on the water of Poulsbo. When I saw the pink light streaming into my window early that morning, I ran outside to capture this photo. Once I saw the photo, I realized that the sunrise created a fire and ice effect that was stunning.