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Snowshoe Hare

Lepus americanus

Description:

Fur is white in the winter, but brown in the summer. Distinctive markings are the white flanks and the black tufts of hair around the ear. The hind feet are larger than most hares giving them the "snowshoe" nickname. Their feet have fur on the soles to help protect the hare from freezing temperatures.

Habitat:

Boreal forests with thick brush undergrowth.

Notes:

Despite the late date, you can see that it was during a heavy snow. Two Snowshoes were playing on the side of the road.

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Alaska, USA

Lat: 63.73, Long: -149.35

Spotted on May 30, 2017
Submitted on May 31, 2017

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