Fearless. Living literally "away from it all" on four islands, the Tres Marias cottontail has lost its fear for humans and predators. The unwary rabbit forages at night and under bushes and cacti during the day, but when startled out of cover, it simply moves to an open spot, which allows people to approach and pick it up. It is also relatively easy pickings for falcons, raccoons and non-native cats and rats. Authorities have established reserves for its protection, but habitat loss and the persistence of hunting remain frightening threats.
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