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Snowshoe Hare 
Traits: Small mammal with long front teeth for clipping twigs; large, long ears; short tail; long hind legs, and large hind feet; fur changes to white in winter.

Habitat: Forest mosaic that includes early successional stages where branches of willows, birch, and aspen are at heights it can reach

Foods: Buds and twigs of birch, willows, and aspen

Eaten by: Lynx, goshawks, great horned owls, red fox, coyote

Do You Know? Hares depend on microscopic organisms that live in their intestines to produce important vitamins.

Special thanks to the ADF&G Division of Wildlife Conservation.

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