While visiting Churchill River Mushing and revelling in the opportunity to dog-sled in the subarctic, I found some tracks. The owner, Kelly Turcotte noted my interest and said that there are tracks and sign from arctic hare around his place. I asked whether snowshoe hares could also be there and he said no. So, these tracks and sign are most likely from Arctic Hares.
I learned that the small-looking white spruce trees of the tundra can in fact be old-growth trees. Some white spruce may be as old as 300 years.
The hind tracks measured 13cm in length and 6 cm in width. The front tracks measured 9 cm in length and 5 cm in width. The stride length between groups of 4 prints was 2.05 metres. This hare likely galloped quickly across the open stretch of laneway into the shelter of the spruce, willow and tamarack trees.