Seasonal food habits of blacktailed jackrabbits (<i>Lepus californicus</i>) in southern New Mexico

TitleSeasonal food habits of blacktailed jackrabbits (Lepus californicus) in southern New Mexico
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1988
AuthorsFatehi M, Pieper, Rex D., Beck RF
JournalThe Southwestern Naturalist
Date Published1988
Call Number00588
Keywordsarticle, articles, food habits,Lepus, journal, journals, lagomorph,food habits, Lepus, food habits
AbstractDiet of the blacktailed jackrabbit (Lepus californicus) varies seasonally in response to forage maturity and availability (Vorhies and Taylor, 1933). Grasses and forbs tend to dominate the diet in early spring and summer (Flinders and Hansen, 1972). Shrubs become more important in late fall and winter (Hansen and Flinders, 1969)....In spite of the large number of studies on diets of jackrabbit, only those of Dabo et al (1982) and Griffing and Davis (1976) were conducted in southern New Mexico, and they studied diets only for the summer months. The major objective of this study was to examine seasonal patterns of dietary composition of diets of blacktailed jackrabbits.