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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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2006-12-26 11:42:46

The mountain hare (Lepus timidus) is a hare, which is largely adapted to polar and mountainous habitats. It is distributed from Scandinavia to eastern Siberia. There are isolated populations in the Alps, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Hokkaidō. The fur is brown in summer in preparation for winter this species sheds into a white (or largely white) wool coat. The Irish race (Lepus timidus hibernicus) stays brown all year and only rarely do individuals develop a white coat. In Scandinavia,...

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2006-12-26 11:24:20

The Snowshoe Hare (Lepus americanus), also called the varying hare, is a species of hare found in North America. It has the name "snowshoe" because its back feet are so big. It looks as though it is wearing big shoes to walk in the snow. The animal's big feet prevent it from sinking into the snow when it hops and walks. For camouflage, its fur turns white during the winter and rusty brown during the summer. Underneath, it is white all year-round. The Snowshoe Hare is also distinguishable...

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attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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