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Lepus timidus Mountain hare

Also known as the Alpine hare, this animal is brown in summer and turns white in winter as a form of camouflage. The white fur also provides additional warmth. Meanwhile, the hare’s especially wide paws help with walking on snow – much like snowshoes prevent human feet from sinking. Apropos winter sports: people are urged to stay on trails and pistes to avoid frightening animals like the mountain hare, which burns valuable calories when running away. 

Lifespan: 3-4 years

Weight: ca. 3kg, with females slightly heavier

Food: grasses, herbs, heather, twigs, bark

Where to find: at 700-3,800 metres over sea level

Conservation status: least concern

(SRF/swissinfo.ch) 


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