Pygmy rabbit program is nearing the end

Tools

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.

Your Photos

YouNews November 26th November 26th
Less than two weeks ago it was single digits here, probably made it into the low 40's the past few days. Lilac has new buds all over it and this one has started to grow.
YouNews Monday Morning Sunrise Monday Morning Sunrise
These images of the sunrise with Mt. Rainier were taken around 8am Monday November 24th. The pictures were taken with a Nikon D3000 DSLR with a 50-200mm telephoto lens.