Some users here seem to think that the animal in question is a pika and not a cottontail rabbit.

How would one tell the difference between a pika and a cottontail rabbit?

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  • Rounded ears
  • No tail
  • Short limbs
  • Lives at high elevations, commonly above or around treeline
  • Makes chirping noises.
  • Protected species

Eastern cottontail


  • Large hind feet
  • Long ears
  • Powerful rear legs
  • White underpatch underneath of the body
  • Lives in meadows and forests
  • Common game animal

The animal in the other question has long ears, a visible tail, a white under patch and is in an area inhabited by humans, clearly making it a rabbit.

  • See this new answer and my comment outdoors.stackexchange.com/a/20893/4079 More research might be required. Oct 31, 2018 at 16:29
  • @JamesJenkins The specific species wouldn't change that its a rabbit and not a pika Oct 31, 2018 at 16:37
  • Is the question now, "Should you eat a Pika to get rid of the evidence that your cat killed one?"
    – B540Glenn
    Nov 6, 2018 at 20:50

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