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Infectious disease An animal of the class Leporidae that may carry various pathogens: Brucella suis biotype 2, Cheyletiella infestation, Francisella tularensis, plague, Q-fever, Trichophyton
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The reintroduced riparian brush rabbit population at the refuge is now the largest population in the wild, and the restored woodlands at the refuge are the largest contiguous block of habitat in the rabbit's range.
At first glance, it might seem pointless to recover an animal responsible for the cliche "breeding like rabbits." However, the same challenges facing high-profile recovery efforts like the gray wolf (Canis lupis) or the California condor (Gymnogyps californianus) can also wreak hawse on a program with small, seemingly easy-to-work-with species such as the riparian brush rabbit.
During major storms, such as those that struck in the winter of 1996-1997, the remaining habitat of the brush rabbit and woodrat is completely flooded for long periods, leaving nowhere for these animals to forage or seek cover.