USA -(Ammoland.com)- The number of cottontail rabbits in Utah has dropped a bit from last year. But rabbit numbers are still at the top of a 10-year population peak. And snowshoe hares in Utah are doing really well too.
Hunts for both upland game animals start Sept. 1. You can see where rabbits and hares live in Utah, and learn more about them, on pages 38, 48 and 49 of the 2017 – 2018 Utah Upland Game and Turkey Guidebook.
You can get the free guidebook online.
Biologists aren’t sure why it occurs, but cottontail rabbits across the country experience a 10-year population cycle. After bottoming out, the number of cottontails will climb slowly for about five years. Once the population peaks in number, it will usually stay close to the peak for about three years. Then, numbers will abruptly fall for a couple of years until the population bottoms out and numbers start to climb again.
From late July through mid-August, DWR biologists count rabbits along 15 survey routes in the state. Division of Wildlife Resources Upland Game Coordinator Jason Robinson is compiling data received from the …Read the Rest