Arctic Hare

The arctic hare (Lepus arcticus) is a hare that is largely adapted to polar and mountainous habitats. It was once considered a subspecies of the Mountain Hare, but it is now regarded as a separate species. It is distributed over the tundra regions of Greenland and the northernmost parts of Canada as well as Alaska. In the far north, it is white year-round. In other parts, it is a frosty blue gray color in summer but the tail remains white. It is an average of 22 to 28 inches long and it weighs about 9 to 12 lb.

The arctic hare mainly eats woody plants. It eats buds, berries, leaves and the meat in hunter traps. It has a keen sense of smell and may dig for willow twigs under the snow.