The Snowshoe Hare (Lepus Americanus)

The snowshoe hare is prevalent in northern sections of the United States and Canada. We see them often in our travels and many enjoy hunting the snowshoe hare with or without dogs. How well do you know the snowshoe hare (lepus americanus)?

1. The snowshoe hare gets its name from:
A. Its ears being shaped like snowshoes
B. Its feet being long, wide and furry and allows it to travel on snow
C. Its snow white fur
D. Colored fur that looks like little booties on their front feet

True or False: The snowshoe hare is white in summer and grey in winter.

3. Which of these best describes the physical capabilities of the snowshoe hare:
A. They weigh about 50 pounds and bark like a dog
B. They are able to run at speeds in excess of 40 mph.
C. They are able to leap tall buildings in a single bound
D. They can run up to 27 mph and jump as long as 10 feet in one bound

4. Because the hare reproduces rapidly, population density can reach up to
A. 10,000 per square mile
B. 15,000 per square mile
C. 20,000 per square mile
D. 30,000 per square mile

True or False: Predators that rely on the hare as part of their diet help to strengthen the population of hares by controlling overpopulation – which can breed diseases.

6. Which of the following best describes a hare’s ability to flee danger.
A. While running away from a predator, the hare is a pro at changing directions
B. While an adult hare is fleeing, the young are taught to remain perfectly motionless
C. Being good swimmers, the hare will often jump into water to escape danger
D. All of the above

7. Breeding season begins around mid-March and goes through the end of August. How many young are usually in a litter?
A. 1 –2
B. 2 - 4
C. 6 – 8
D. 10 – 12

8. How many litters will an adult female hare have in a single season?
A. 1
B. 2
C. 3
D. 4