Snowshoe Hare (Lepus americanus)

Weight:1.4 kg

Length:40-50 cm

Tail:4-5 cm

Litter Size:2-4

Gestation:36 days

Top Speed:27 mph

Status:Because the hare reproduces quickly, population densities can range from 1 to 10,000 hares per square mile. They are used as a main source of meat for many predators including the bobcat and lynx. These predators strengthen the population by preventing overpopulation, which can destroy vegetation and cause starvation in not only hares, but other animals such as deer as well. When the predators are not there, the population may be more prone to disease and starvation.

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