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Snowshoe Hare

Upon returning from a late-night whip-poor-will survey (yes, I heard one – although they have become few and far between in northern New England, unfortunately) I started to pull into the garage and noticed movement. I jumped out of the car and went to investigate, camera in hand – my mystery guest was none other than a snowshoe hare. Being nocturnal, it was out and about and had just made a wrong turn. The first thing that I noticed was an engorged tick on its face. I next took note that its large, hairy feet were still somewhat white. Snowshoe hares start molting their white winter hair and growing in their brown summer coat in March or April, and it can take as long as 70 to 90 days to complete the process.