Snowshoe Hare

I was pleasantly surprised to catch a glimpse of a snowshoe hare bounding in front of my car the other morning.  We usually don’t get to see them since they are quite solitary animals that prefer to travel at dusk and dawn.  I did notice many tracks and trails made by snowshoe hares while I was cross-country skiing the other day.  I was afraid that since the fox have been frequenting our area the hare would possibly become lunch, guess this one is ok for now.  His coat has turned to a brilliant white thanks to the change in hours of daylight that cause his fur to molt both in the Spring and in the Fall.  All of his grey/brown hairs have been shed and replaced by the stark white fur that will help camouflage him from predators such as our neighborhood fox.