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. 

This content was published on January 6, 2020 - 09:11
Susan Misicka and Julie Hunt

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


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