Desert Cottontails In New Mexico

Here are a few more Desert Cottontails that I saw while hiking in New Mexico. On just about every hike I took I was seeing 5 or more. This seems like more than usual. I posted a photo of one I saw at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge and I mentioned in that post that I thought I saw a lot this trip. (Desert Cottontail At Bosque del Apache)

Desert Cottontail In New Mexico Photo

Desert Cottontail In New Mexico Photo

Desert Cottontail In New Mexico Photo

Many desert animals prey on cottontails, including birds of prey, mustelids, the coyote, the bobcat, the lynx, wolves, mountain lions, snakes, weasels, humans, and even squirrels, should a cottontail be a juvenile, injured or docile. The cottontail’s normal anti-predator behavior is to run away in evasive zigzags; it can reach speeds of over 19 mph. Against small predators or other desert cottontails, it will defend itself by slapping with a front paw and nudging; usually preceded by a hop straight upwards as high as two feet when threatened or taken by surprise. (Wikipedia)

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