Black-tailed Jackrabbit
Tracks and Signs

Lepus californicus

Black-tailed Jackrabbit Track. This is the left front foot. Notice how the toes are oriented in roughly a J shape, with the lower tip of the J to the inside of the line of travel. The fur on the feet of a jackrabbit causes the details of the toe pads to be obscured. Claws often leave marks, and on hard surfaces, they may be the only clues you see.


This is the typical trail pattern of a jackrabbit. The gait is a bound with the direction of travel from right to left in the photo. The tracks on the right are the front tracks. The pair of tracks on the left is the set of hind tracks.


Jackrabbit scats look like spherical balls of highly-compressed hay. If you look closely, you can see that they are made up entirely of vegetation.

jackrabbit track in mud

This is a beautiful example of a black-tailed jackrabbit track in mud. The fur that covers the bottom of the feet makes it difficult to make out the toe pads. Having furry feet may help the jackrabbit move more quietly about the landscape. It also probably helps them keep on top of soft mud like this. 

jackrabbit scats

Blacktailed jackrabbit scats accumulated on a pile. Jackrabbits expel one pellet at a time, so a large accumulation indicates that the animal was here a while feeding.

jackrabbit scat close up

Close-up showing the scats from the photo above. I don't know what the black dots at in these scats. Perhaps some sort of seed that the jackrabbit consumed.


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