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.
Picture taken from my deck in Issaquah Highlands.
Took all these shots in less than a 24 hour span. Mt. Rainier
was taken Friday afternoon (1/1250 sec. ISO 100), the 1st
quarter moon was taken with a 6 inch refractor and DSLR (1/160 sec. ISO 100) and the Sunrise was taken Saturday morning (1/30 sec. ISO 100).
Female elk in Sequim recovers from anesthesia after successful replacement of collar transmitter. This enables location and warning signage on highways to let drivers know the elk are in the area.