It was announced by authorities in the state of Washington that last week 20 mamalian life forms identfied as Brachylagus idahoensis, which are of the order Lagomorpha, and family Leporidae, left captivity and are roaming free in Washington state. Previously 8 of the animals were being held in Portland, Oregon, and 12 of the animals were held in Pullman, Washington. State Authorities assured the public that 70 of the 90 known remaining Brachylagus idahoensis’ in the world are still under their control, in captivity. All of these animals are descendents of the last 16 remaining Brachylagus idahoensis’ on Earth, which were captured in 2001, which have apparently multiplied since their initial capture.
These animals are known to be foraging some where in the Columbia River basin of Washington state. Travelers to the area should be aware, these animals are known to be prolific tunnel builders, hikers should proceed with caution to avoid falling in to a tunnel trap. These animals are not known to be carnivorous and there are no known reports of attacks on humans, but humans should proceed with caution if encountering this species.
To aid the public in identifying these wild animals, the following picture was released by the authorities:
Brachylagus idahoensis AKA Pygmy Rabbit