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 Up! Up! And away! Up! Up! And away!
When I saw this dramatic cloud to the north, it reminded me of smoke, rising in billows until it hits the jet stream, then it's pulled hundreds of miles east. I had to capture it quickly. Within minutes the effect had faded.
YouNews Inside an osprey nest Inside an osprey nest
For my girlfriends birthday we had a party at her parents. We knew the nest was there but the owner hadn't seen or heard the osprey for a day or two. He asked me to fly my drone up and see if any was wrong. I flew up and found that there were two eggs inside.
YouNews Our Garden Our Garden
The growing season has been great.

The secret to this garden is simple.
I used recycled grass clippings.