FIELD FACTS

MOUN­TAIN HARES

Scottish Field - - MOUNTAIN HARE -

NA­TIVE:

Un­like the brown hare, which was in­tro­duced to Scot­land by the Celts dur­ing the Iron Age, the moun­tain hare is na­tive to the High­lands.

EARS:

The tips of the moun­tain hare’s ears re­main black in win­ter, while its coat changes from brown to white.

BOX­ING:

Fe­male hares may box away un­de­sir­able po­ten­tial suitors.

BA­BIES:

Hares have be­tween one and four lit­ters of lev­erets a year, usu­ally con­sist­ing of one to five young per lit­ter.

VI­TAL STA­TIS­TICS:

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.

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