The ground around our ranch (near Lookout CA in Modoc County) has been covered in deep snow the last couple of weeks and temperatures the last four nights were below zero. This weather is very difficult on all of the wildlife.
One black-tailed jackrabbit (Lepus californicus) has found a solution to Mother Nature’s challenges. It spends most of the time in our barn (filled with hay) and in a nearby hay shed. When Leonard feeds our horses (Equus ferus caballus) the jackrabbit joins the buffet, eating alfalfa right under the horses’ feet. The horses tolerate the jackrabbit and even appear to be careful to not step on it. The jackrabbit also tolerates Leonard and me, not jumping off as we do chores in the barnyard.
This is one smart jackrabbit that appears to be surviving the harsh winter quite well.