Pygmy rabbits will remain an endangered species in Washington.
The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission maintained the rabbits endangered status after reviewing a report finding the diminutive creatures face ongoing risks to their long-term survival in central Washington’s sagebrush habitat.
The commission made the decision at a meeting last week, according to a WDFW news release.
It’s estimated there are 250 rabbits left in Washington. The state’s five-year average population goal is 1,400 rabbits, according to the release.
Hannah Anderson, WDFW wildlife recovery specialist, said the rabbits are threatened by loss and fragmentation of their sagebrush habitat, wildfires and the relatively small size of the population.
The animals are classified as endangered under federal law.
The commission will decide the classification of two other species, sea otters and Columbian sharp-tailed grouse, later this summer, according to the release.
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