Hares with failed snow camouflage still manage to avoid predators

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By Krista Charles A snowshoe hare (Lepus americanus) changing from summer to winter fur in Teslin, Yukon, CanadaShutterstock / Jukka Jantunen To match their environment and avoid predators, some animals change their coat colour with the seasons – switching from brown to white in winter, for instance. But climate change has left certain species mismatched…

Hares with failed snow camouflage still manage to avoid predators
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By Krista Charles

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A snowshoe hare (Lepus americanus) changing from summer to winter fur in Teslin, Yukon, Canada

Shutterstock / Jukka Jantunen

To match their environment and avoid predators, some animals change their coat colour with the seasons – switching from brown to white in winter, for instance. But climate change has left certain species mismatched with their habitat at particular times of year.

Snowshoe hares (Lepus americanus), which live in Canada and northern parts of the US, turn white in autumn when snow usually begins to fall in their environment. But the animals may become mismatched and lose …

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