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2011-03-29 13:17:18

Researchers at Queen's University Belfast have issued a stark warning about the future of the Irish hare and the threat it faces from the European "Ëœbrown' hare, which has set up home in Mid-Ulster and West Tyrone. Dr Neil Reid from Quercus (Queen's University's Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Science), said: "In March 2011, the Northern Ireland Assembly voted to outlaw hare coursing in Northern Ireland to protect the future of the Irish hare. But our native hare remains...

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2010-06-29 09:40:00

Research from Queen's University Belfast has revealed the 20th century decline in the Irish hare population is almost certainly associated with changes in farming practices. The Stormont Assembly voted to ban hare coursing in Northern Ireland last Tuesday (June 22nd), but a recent study, funded by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) and published in the international journal Biological Conservation, suggests hares may join the ranks of other farmland species, such as the Corncrake,...

2010-02-24 12:08:48

Irish hares are eighteen times more abundant in areas managed by the Irish Coursing Club (ICC) than at similar sites in the wider countryside a recent study by Queen's University Belfast has shown. There are approximately 76 local coursing clubs distributed throughout Ireland and each is associated with a number of discrete localities, known colloquially as 'hare preserves'. These are managed favorably for hares including predator control, prohibition of other forms of hunting such as...

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2009-02-18 07:55:00

A team of French astronomers has captured one of the sharpest color images ever made. They observed the star T Leporis, which appears, on the sky, as small as a two-storey house on the Moon [1]. The image was taken with ESO's Very Large Telescope Interferometer (VLTI), emulating a virtual telescope about 100 meters across and reveals a spherical molecular shell around an aged star. "This is one of the first images made using near-infrared interferometry," says lead author Jean-Baptiste Le...


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White-sided Jackrabbit, Lepus callotis
2012-04-27 08:34:55

The white-sided jackrabbit (Lepus callotis) has a limited range extending from northwestern and central Mexico to southern New Mexico in the United States. This rabbit is also called the Mexican Hare. There are two subspecies of the white-sided jackrabbit. It prefers a habitat at high elevations, living in open plains and on plateaus.  This rabbit will not live where there are mountains or hills, and will also avoid areas where trees and shrubs are dominate. The body length of this rabbit...

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2008-06-16 16:02:21

The Scrub Hare (Lepus saxatilis), is a species of hare found in South Africa, parts of central Africa, and Namibia. It is found at about 3200 to 6500 feet above sea level. Its dorsal fur is gray and black, while its ventral fur is white. It has a black and white tail, while it has lighter fur around its face. Its length varies from 17.5 to 25 inches, and it weighs 3.5 to 10 pounds. Females are typically larger than males. The average mass at birth is 4 ounces. Parental care is low and...

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2006-12-26 11:53:17

Geographic range The Japanese hare is found on the continent of Asia. It is found primarily in 5 countries even though it is named for one. The Japanese hare is found in Japan, China, North Korea, South Korea, and Russia. Habitat The Japanese hare is mostly found in mountains or hilly areas in the places they inhabit. These are the areas that they prefer to live in. They also inhabit forests or brushy areas. Due to human encroachment though, these hares have thrived in and around...

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2006-12-26 11:49:42

The white-tailed jackrabbit (Lepus townsendii), or prairie hare and white jack, is a hare found in western North America. This animal is a member of Family Leporidae of Order Lagomorpha. This jackrabbit has two described subspecies: L. townsendii townsendii and L. townsendii campanius.

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2006-12-26 11:46:38

The European Hare or brown hare (Lepus europaeus) is a species of hare native to northern, central, and Western Europe and Western Asia. It is a mammal adapted to temperate open country. It is related to the similarly appearing rabbit, which is in the same family but a different genus. It breeds on the ground rather than in a burrow and relies on speed to escape. It is larger, longer-eared, and longer-legged than a rabbit. It has a body size of 19.69 to 27.56 inches (50 to 70 cm) and a...

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