snowshoe hare


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 Every few years, snowshoe hare numbers in the Canadian Yukon climb to a peak. Smithsonian Magazine, 18 Aug. 2021 Boonstra knew that during the decline phase of the snowshoe hare cycle, the great majority of hares are killed by predators. Smithsonian Magazine, 18 Aug. 2021 When snowshoe hare numbers are high, lynx often have more kittens, Taras said. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, 16 Jan. 2021 The felines that leave behind perfect-circle tracks in the snow are the perfect predator of the snowshoe hare. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, 16 Jan. 2021 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, 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, 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, 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, 20 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of snowshoe hare

circa 1890, in the meaning defined above

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“Snowshoe hare.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2021.

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