How much can a jackrabbit eat in a day?

Wildlife Damage Management October 03, 2014 Print Friendly and PDF

Hares consume 1/2 to 1 pound (1.1 to 2.2 kg) of green vegetation each day. Significant damage occurs when hare concentrations are attracted to orchards, gardens, ornamentals, or other agricultural crops. High jackrabbit populations can also damage rangeland vegetation. Eight jackrabbits are estimated to eat as much as one sheep, and 41 jackrabbits as much as one cow. Resources: (online) Jackrabbits


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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.