WILDLIFE 911: Rabbits and Hares
In Saskatchewan, most “bunnies” are actually Hares. Hares are born fully furred and become mobile shortly after birth.
Healthy hares that were returned to the wild.
One defence of rabbits and hares is to remain perfectly still.
Cottontail Rabbits can be found in the southern area of Saskatchewan. Baby rabbits are born blind and hairless and will spend the first two or three weeks in the nest. The nest consists of a shallow depression in the ground lined with grass and fur. Other than returning to feed them around dawn and dusk, the nest is left mostly unattended. If the nest is disturbed but, the babies are uninjured, quickly reform the nest and cover them back up. You can tell if the mother returns by placing two 12 inch long strings in an X formation over the top of the nest. If the strings are displaced in the morning you know the mother has returned and they are okay. If the string has not moved it is likely the mother is not returning and they should be brought to a rehabilitator.
Baby rabbits and hares have special dietary needs and can be very difficult to raise.
If any of these signs are present the animal should be brought to a vet or rehabilitator. Call the hotline at 306.242.7177.