A deceased Mountain Hare in its winter pelage. Approximately 20 inches in length.
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Interesting this hare has turned, is there much snow up there? In warmer winters the hares often don't turn or have a partial moult.
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Presuming the date is accurate, there was plenty of snow around, but this was around the start of a thaw which would see snowcover dramatically reduced for the rest of the season. The snow line around this time was around 2,000 feet.
It is quite common to see still white hares in late spring when low level snow has gone.
The start of this year has been poor as far as snow cover is concerned with the warmest March on record. (I regularly snowboard in Scotland till end of April - not this year though!).
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Lat/Lng: 56.9246, -3.2001
OS grid ref: NO270821