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Snowshoe Hare Tracks

Posted by Meredith Wolpe,
North Country explorer from Dublin
February 18, 2015

Type: Animal sign. Habitat description: mixed hardwood forest. Natural history information: Snowshoe Hares have a very large surface are on their hind feet, which allows them to stay on top of the snow without sinking in. As a camouflage adaptation, their fur turns white in the winter and a brownish color during the summer. As they move, they plant their smaller front feet and bring their large pack feet in front of them in order to propel their movement. I like this photo because they are very distinctive snowshoe hare tracks based on the size ratio of the front and back feet. It is cool to have evidence of where a hare once romped.