Unlike the brown hare, which was introduced to Scotland by the Celts during the Iron Age, the mountain hare is native to the Highlands.
The tips of the mountain hare’s ears remain black in winter, while its coat changes from brown to white.
Female hares may box away undesirable potential suitors.
Hares have between one and four litters of leverets a year, usually consisting of one to five young per litter.
Mountain hares can grow up to 60cm long and weigh 4kg. They live for around four years. Mountain hares are smaller than brown hares but larger than rabbits.