A Research Study On The Snowshoe Hare

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The snowshoe hare is an animal that seems to have a high predation rate and has struggled at times to avoid predators and different types of climate. According to Dashiell Feierabend, Knut Kielland, (2015) the survival and predation of these snowshoe hares was researched for quite some time, yet no true leads have been discovered such as hare’s vulnerability, which leaves the question of what predators and climates can influence their vegetation and coverage. (Feierabend & Kielland, 2015). These beautiful creatures are preyed on by a multitude of different animals and also wander into an array of climates. Sunny, hot, snowy, cold, windy, chances are a snowshoe hare has experienced it all. It is important within a study to cover all of…show more content…
(Feierabend & Kielland, 2015). In this case, predation was the cause of death by 86%. Feierabend and Kielland state that hares were frequently killed by goshawks within the successional forest, lynx in the black spruce forest, and other predators. These are just some of the problems that the hares face day to day. Hares change color depending on their climate, as well. For example, Sarah Zielinski stated that since most animals who change color do not have control over that, they may be ill-dressed and underdressed for certain weather conditions. (Zielinksi, 2016). Zielinski stated that there was not much evidence to back up a claim scientist made that a species could possibly be wiped out due to weather changes and coat changes for the hares. (Zielinski, 2016). Marketa Zimova of NCSU located in Raleigh and some other colleagues tracked around 186 snowshoe hares over the span of three years, in two locations in Montana. The data found the result of coat color and landscape color which is significant in both cases. The transition can take some time, and this could be deadly for the snowshoe hare. Zielinski noted that in a study, a snowshoe hare who matched their background had a survival rate of about 96% from week to week. Then, down to 89% when both were completely mix-matched. While that did not cause issues then, it could in the near future. (Zielinski, 2016).

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