Living primarily in open tundra, the Alaskan hare is well adapted to avoiding predators. It grows large, weighing three times more than the snowshoe hare, helping it to deter attacking animals. Its fur changes color from winter white to summer red-brown, keeping the hare camouflaged year-round. This fur also helps It survives the harsh cold of its home. People have trapped the hare for centuries for this light, warm fur, using it for winter parkas and other clothing.
Last updated: April 28, 2015