When I first moved into my current home, I visited with a local lady whose barn was carpeted with wild rabbits. I remember feeling stunned over how comfortable those rabbits felt around humans and horses. When we walked, the rabbits parted a path for us. I've never had that many desert cottontails in my barn, but I've had more this year than ever. I find that if I don't pay attention to them, they get used to my presence and eventually stop running away.
There is one bunny I've mentioned before that I've been calling "Baby Bunny", but it may actually be a runt because it hasn't been growing much. The other rabbits chase it away from whatever hay and grain falls out of the horses' mouths, so it started paying attention to me and making connections. It figured out that when I am carrying a yellow bucket, I am carrying pellets. It also figured out that I was getting those pellets from the tack room. It started coming out from under the hay barn as soon as it heard me. Then it began following me around, observing my routine.
One day I left the tack room door open, and when I returned, I found Baby Bunny inside chowing down on Safe Choice Senior spillage. I shut the door and sat on the floor, and it tried to hide from me. Then it tried to get out the door, but discovered that it couldn't. I reached out and petted it twice, then opened the door and set it free. I thought it might be more wary of me after that, but it actually allowed me to get into closer proximity to it. The only time it moves away is when it is afraid that I might step on it.
It's weird how bones rise to the surface around here. With the exception of dead bunnies, lizards and snakes, I rarely see carcasses. I just find skulls and bones lying around. I found a huge knee and tibia in my round pen the other day. I'm pretty sure the coyotes dragged it in there. I think it belonged to a horse. Someone probably buried it, and the coyotes dug it up. A few months ago I found what we think was bobcat jaws.
We're trying to keep our garage bays closed to keep the air conditioning in, which means taking the dogs into the back yard instead of the side yard. We keep chasing off the coyote that sleeps under the bush just off our porch. So, the coyote moved to the front yard and sleeps under the hedge with the other coyote. They are always there on hot days. I got a picture of them scattering as I came around the corner.
My husband brought up that they are probably mating, and the last thing we want is coyote pups in our hedge. That will make the grown ups even bolder. Also, I don't want them getting a hold of Baby Bunny, so we're doing what we can to encourage the coyote couple to find another home.