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Mountain Hare

Scientific Name: Lepus timidus
Conservation Status: Least concern
Natural Location: Scandinavia

During the winter months the Mountain Hare changes its fur color from a dark brown to an almost white color. The natural location of the Mountain Hare conflicts with that of the European Hare which causes them to compete for land. Since the European Hare is considerably larger it usually wins out.

Over time the Mountain Hare has adapted well for cold, snowy and mountainous areas. Its paws have a large surface area which helps it to stay above the surface of the snow. These characteristics are consistent with the Arctic Hare but they are definetively two different species.

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