Where the snowshoe hare lives.
Hares live all over Canada. (MAP). They prefer wooded and bushy areas.
The females are larger than the males.
They can be over 30 cm. long.
In the summer the grey-brown coat of the snowshoe hare looks like
the ground around it. In the winter the coat turns white to
blend with the snow. Everything is white except the tip of its ears
which are black.
The snowshoe hare hops about at night looking for grasses, buds, leaves and twigs.
In the winter it nibbles bark on trees or pine needles.
(Young trees may die if the hare strips the bark off the trunk.)
People find the hare's meat tasty and use the fur for coats and other clothing.
The mother has two or three litters between April and September.
There may be two to ten young in each litter.
The young are covered with fur when they are born.
The mother leaves them alone during the day but comes to feed them at night.
The snowshoe hare warns others by pounding the ground with its hind feet.
When other hares hear this signal they freeze and are as still as logs.
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