- Common name: Snowshoe Hare
- Scientific name: Lepus americanus
- Order: Lagomorpha
- Family: Leporidae
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- Forest edges are good places to look for hares, especially in spring and autumn when their colouration may not match snow conditions.
- Look for them under a deadfall or at the base of a tree.
- Hares often feed in roadside ditches at dusk in the summer.
- Hare tracks are highly visible in winter and the density of these can help you find good places to look for them, particularly along their pathways.
- Very broad hind feet and large ears.
- Winter: white fur with black-tipped ears.
- Summer: Rusty or dark brown fur with white underparts.
- Rear limbs much longer than front ones.
- Length: 0.5 m
- Weight: 1 to 2 kg
- Lifespan: 1 year
- Predators: All carnivorous mammals and raptors.
- Habitat: Boreal Forest
- Yukon: S5 (Secure)
- Global: G5 (Secure)
Yukon population estimate
Snowshoe Hares are active primarily at dawn, dusk and during the night. They rest in shallow depressions called forms, which may be tucked beneath a snow-laden branch or deadfall. They are casual parents. The male does not care for the young at all and the female visits her young as little as once a day to feed them. In Yukon, Snowshoe Hares have up to 4 litters between May and September, twice as many as in some southern regions.
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Hares and people
- Snowshoe Hares have always been an important food source for Yukoners in remote areas and are still our most popular small game species.