snowshoe hare

noun

Definition of snowshoe hare

: a hare (Lepus americanus) of northern North America with heavy fur on the hind feet and a coat that in most populations is brown in the summer but usually white in the winter

called also snowshoe rabbit, varying hare

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snowshoe hare: 1 winter coat; 2 summer coat

Examples of snowshoe hare in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Lynx numbers are high in Anchorage right now, following a population boom of snowshoe hares in Southcentral Alaska, according to Battle. Morgan Krakow, Anchorage Daily News, "People are reporting odd interactions with lynx in Anchorage as their numbers grow," 26 Jan. 2020 Under the proposal, the Horicon refuge would be open to hunting for woodcock, moorhen, coyote, ruffed grouse, opossum, raccoon, fox, skunk, bobcat, snowshoe hare and black bear on acres already open to other hunting. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Proposal seeks to expand hunting and fishing on federal refuges," 26 Apr. 2020 The snowshoe hare population peaks and then crashes about every 10 years, and the lynx usually follow suit, Battle said. Morgan Krakow, Anchorage Daily News, "People are reporting odd interactions with lynx in Anchorage as their numbers grow," 26 Jan. 2020 Your Instagram photo of the day Moving north: In the Brooks Range, species like the snowshoe hare are moving north as a result of climate change, expanding their range all the way to the Arctic Ocean, says photographer Katie Orlinsky. National Geographic, "Who decides the freedom of America's wild horses?," 20 Feb. 2020 Above, scientist Claire Montgomerie holds one of the snowshoe hares being studied by wildlife biologists at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. National Geographic, "Who decides the freedom of America's wild horses?," 20 Feb. 2020 This is due to warming temperatures that allow shrubs to get bigger, providing food and shelter for the snowshoe hare, even in the snowy winter months. National Geographic, "Who decides the freedom of America's wild horses?," 20 Feb. 2020 Isle Royale’s recently bolstered wolf population is doing just fine at finding moose, beaver and snowshoe hares to eat. John Myers, Twin Cities, "Scientists say wolves relocated to Isle Royale National Park finding plenty to eat," 3 Dec. 2019 Although not specifically designed to identify smaller prey, the study also revealed the importance of beaver and snowshoe hare in the diets of wolves. John Myers, Twin Cities, "Scientists say wolves relocated to Isle Royale National Park finding plenty to eat," 3 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of snowshoe hare

circa 1890, in the meaning defined above

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“Snowshoe hare.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/snowshoe%20hare. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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