Arctic Hare

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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.

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Hare sign on Tamarack Tree (Churchill, Manitoba, November 2014)

Hare sign on Tamarack Tree (Churchill, Manitoba, November 2014)

Tamarack and White Spruce Trees (Churchill, Manitoba, November 2014)

Tamarack and White Spruce Trees (Churchill, Manitoba, November 2014)

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.

Hare Tracks (Churchill, Manitoba, November 2014)

Hare Tracks (Churchill, Manitoba, November 2014)

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.

 

 

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