Nuttall's cottontail (rabbit) (Sylvilagus nuttallii)

Close up of a Nuttall's cottontail rabbit in the snow.
A Nuttall's cottontail---its small tail has white on it. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Mountain Prairie Region)
Category: Mammals
Common names: Mountain cottontail
Ecosystems: Shrubsteppe

The Nuttall's cottontail averages 14 inches in length, is gray or brownish-gray, and has a relatively short, inconspicuous white tail. It is found in sagebrush areas, weed and tall-grass patches, and orchards throughout eastern Washington. Compare with the pygmy rabbit which is smaller (10 to 12 inches in length) and does NOT have a white tail.