Name: European Hare (Lepus europaeus)
Other name: Brown hare
Conservation Status: Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)
Classification and Taxonomy:
Distribution: European hares are native to much of continental Europe and part of Asia. Their range extends from northern Spain to southern Scandinavia, eastern Europe, and northern parts of Western and Central Asia. They have also been introduced, mostly as game animals, to North America (in Ontario and New York State, and unsuccessfully in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Connecticut), the Southern Cone, (Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay) Bolivia, Chile, Peru and the Falkland Islands, Australia, both islands of New Zealand and the south Pacific coast of Russia.
Habitat: Hares primarily live in open fields with scattered brush for shelter. They are very adaptable and thrive in mixed farmland.
Behavior: Hares are primarily nocturnal and spend a third of their time foraging. During daytime, a hare hides in a depression in the ground called a "form" where it is partially hidden.
Diet: European hares are primarily herbivorous. They may forage for wild grasses and weeds but with the intensification of agriculture, they have taken to feeding on crops when preferred foods are not available. During the spring and summer, they feed on soy, clover and corn poppy as well as grasses and herbs. During autumn and winter, they primarily choose winter wheat, and are also attracted to piles of sugar beet and carrots provided for them by hunters. They also eat twigs, buds and the bark of shrubs and young fruit trees during winter.
Fun fact: They can run up to 77kph (48mph)
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