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Mammal    Species Name:
Lepus townsendii

Common Name:
White-tailed Jack Rabbit


Chamberlain, South Dakota   September 14, 1804

Inhabitant of the Great Plains

Lewis wrote a wonderfully detailed account of the white-tailed jackrabbit giving measurements (commonly leaps from 18 to 21 feet), physical descriptions (the pupil of a deep sea green), diet and distribution.  At times his descriptions can be dry and mechanical, yet the manner in which he wrote about this hare of the northern grasslands is nearly tender . . . " the tail is round and bluntly pointed, covered with a fine soft white fur not quite as long as on other parts of the body.  the body is covered with a deep fine soft close fur."

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Journal Entries:

Capt. Clark, September 14, 1804--Shields killed a Hare like the mountain hare of Europe, waighing 6 1/4 pounds (altho pore) his ...  more>>

References Bachman, John Woodhouse, Journal of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, 8, Pt. 1, , 1839

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white-tailed jack rabbit

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