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Several times in the Copperfield subdivision of Calgary where we stayed with our gracious hosts on and off during the trip, I spotted a jackrabbit hanging around the neighborhood, as in this photograph from August 27th. My guess is that it was a white-tailed jackrabbit (Lepus townsendii). Of course the sightings might have been of different white-tailed jackrabbits, given that I couldn’t tell one individual from another.

UPDATE: I’ve learned that members of the genus Lepus are actually hares rather than rabbits. Here’s what H.L. Mencken wrote in The American Language: Zoologically speaking, there are no native rabbits in the United States; they are all hares. But the early colonists, for some unknown reason, dropped the word hare out of their vocabulary, and it is rarely heard in American speech to this day. When it appears it is almost always applied to the so-called Belgian hare, which, curiously enough, is not a hare at all, but a true rabbit.”

You’re welcome to read much more about hares.

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

October 28, 2017 at 4:47 AM

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