Hares and Rabbits on the Appalachian Trail

snowshoe hare2The two species of hare that inhabit the AT are the snowshoe hare and the brown or European hare.

The snowshoe hare change color with the seasons, dark brown in summer, white in winter, and a mottled brown with white for the white snow patches on the ground in the fall. They live from northern New Jersey to Maine. Hikers mostly see them during high population times, which only come around once every nine to ten years.

Larger than the snowshoe and consistently the same color throughout the seasons, the brown or European hare live in northern Pennsylvania, eastern New York and western New England up to Vermont.

About the Author Steve Burge:
Steve Burge was the original founder of AppalachianTrail.com. He was a teacher for many years before starting a web development firm.
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