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Snowshoe Hares

1-21-14 snowshoe hare by Patsy Fortney IMG_4140 (3)You’re most likely to see Snowshoe Hares at dawn or dusk, when they are most active. That is, if you can detect them before they detect you. Snowshoe Hares depend upon camouflage as their first line of defense, with seasonal coats to match their environment. They sometimes freeze where they are, making no movement, or take shelter in a protected spot or “form” and sit quietly, with their feet tucked out of sight and their ears pressed tightly against their back, making them all but invisible. If threatened, they can break into a full run leaping up to 12 feet at a time, reaching 30 or more miles per hour thanks to their powerful hind legs. (Photo by Patsy Fortney)

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5 responses

  1. Are snowshoe hares (and rabbits in general) most active and feeding at hours of low light, like dusk and dawn? Especially in winter? Do they also feed at night?

    January 20, 2014 at 3:36 pm

  2. From wildlife research I did for my own equestrian guidebooks, I also – ?? – believe that hares, when they are in one of their earth (snow too perhaps?) ‘scrapes’ and hunkered down, actually have no scent at all as a wonderful defence mechanism. And why predators (and hiking humans even!) can literally walk within inches and not pick up the deal there is a nice fat bunny sitting there……. I believe. If anyone can totally verify, super!

    January 20, 2014 at 4:13 pm

  3. So beautiful. Thank you.

    January 20, 2014 at 4:16 pm

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