The population of endangered marsh rabbits in the Lower Keys, Florida is dwindling. Their Latin name is Sylvilagus palustris hefneri in honor of Hugh Hefner because he financed research for these rabbits and they were placed on the endangered species list in 1990. Really.
To help keep the marsh rabbits from being extinct, biologists are using a cat trapping program to save the rabbits. 30-40 traps were recently set out to attract cats that come near the marsh rabbit’s habitat in the hopes of decreasing the number of cats that prey on the rabbits. Some people are concerned about the welfare of the cats and even have protested by dressing up in cat suits and holding protest signs near the area. Officials say that the cats will be “humanely trapped alive” and brought to a no-kill shelter in the area.