Left: white-tailed jackrabbit in a form. Top right: coming out of winter color. Bottom right: pair displaying mating behavior

Considered an agricultural or garden pest in many parts of the country, the white-tailed jackrabbit (Lepus townsendii) has found a niche in Yellowstone. Most of the park is too forested or accumulates too much snow to provide suitable habitat, but in lower elevation areas of the northern range it can feed on sagebrush, rabbitbrush, and other shrubs during the winter. The jackrabbit is preyed upon by bobcats, coyotes, wolves, eagles, hawks, and owls in  the park, but perhaps because of its limited distribution, it does not appear to provide a significant source of food for these species.