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Range DescriptionWidespread in plains and mountains on both sides of the Andes, from northern Chile (17Â°S) down to Tierra del Fuego (54Â°S). In Argentina, they occur in the western and southern arid and semi-arid regions of the country, from ca. 23Â°S (Jujuy and Salta) to Tierra del Fuego, and from the eastern foothills of the Andes mountain range to meridian 66Â°W, reaching the Atlantic coast (ca. 63Â°W) south from RÃo Negro. Present in the following provinces: Jujuy (Jayat et al. 1999), Salta (Mares et al. 1996), TucumÃ¡n, Catamarca, Santiago del Estero, La Rioja, San Juan, Mendoza, west of San Luis, NeuquÃ©n, west of La Pampa, RÃo Negro, Chubut, Santa Cruz and Tierra del Fuego (Osgood 1943; Olrog and Lucero 1981).
Widespread in Chile from the I Administrative Region (Atacama Province) in the north, south to the Strait of Magellan (XII Administrative Region, Magallanes Province) and Tierra del Fuego (Medel and Jaksic 1988; Marquet et al. 1993), and from the western foothills of the Andes mountain range to the Pacific coast (71â73Â°W). They were introduced to Tierra del Fuego in 1951 in an attempt to control rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) infestation (Jaksic and YÃ¡Ã±ez 1983).
Other populations have been reported to exist in some of the southern Atlantic islands, including Malvinas/Falkland (Olrog and Lucero 1981), but this requires confirmation. Their presence in Peru is uncertain.