A gregarious animal, about the size of an under-nourished pony. Formerly existed in herds in the Sierra foot—hills, but not reported for many years. Probably extinct by now.
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Extremely active and fast. The skin is leathery, giving complete protection against sharp rocks and thorns, while the flipper-like legs are much over-developed affording a half-bounding, half—flying gait. The outstanding peculiarity is the rope-like beak and the marvellous deftness with which it is manipulated. Jack-rabbits are frequentiy run down and lassoed, as is now and then an unwary logger.
There exists a Digger Indian legend that these creatures were the spirits of the old Spanish ranchers of the early days.