Snowshoe Hare tracks


Snowshoe hare
Lepus americanus

The toes of snowshoe hares are asymmetrical and tracks are often indistinct and can be difficult to identify because the foot is entirely covered in fur and has no pads. The hind footprints can be more than twice as large as the front prints. The hind footprints are much larger because the toes will splay apart to help the hare “float” across the surface of the snow without penetrating deep into the snow. Wind drifts can easily obscure and remove snowshoe hare prints since they often remain on the surface of snow and do not penetrate through to touch ground.

The hopping stride of a snowshoe hare can be up to 6 feet (180 cm) and the hind prints tend to be side-by-side, reflecting the springing action that propels the individual forward.



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