- FamilyHares & rabbits (Leporidae)
- Weightup to 3 kg
- HabitatTundra, sparse forests and moors
Females give birth twice a year to litters of two to six offspring. The newborn leverets are fully developed at birth, furred and with open eyes. To protect them from predators, the female hides her young in separate locations. The leverets are suckled once a day when they regroup briefl y at a hiding location at around sunset, which continues for about four weeks until they are weaned.
In summer, it can sometimes be diffi cult to distinguish between a brown hare and a mountain hare. Both have big ears, grey-brown fur and a short stubby tail. However, the mountain hare has shorter ears, is smaller and has a more compact shape. Another way to tell them apart is to look at the eyes: brown hares have brown eyes, mountain hares light yellow.
The edge of the forest offers mountain hares plenty of food and shelter, providing the perfect habitat.