Note my foot for reference scale.
White pine needles in snow in foreground give an indication of scale.
Sighted near the road just after dusk on a full moon night.
Good views for ~5 seconds; all other resident species of rabbit/hare carefully eliminated with field guide.
Habitat excellent: Healthy red fir forest on fringe of mountain meadow with alder thickets.
Two Snowshoe Hares were hopping along the ski trail that leads down from the building at the top of the tram ride.
The snowshoe hare (Lepus americanus), also called the varying hare, or snowshoe rabbit, is a species of hare found in North America. It has the name "snowshoe" because of the large size of its hind feet and the marks its tail leaves. The animal's feet prevent it from sinking into the snow when it hops and walks. Its feet also have fur on the soles to protect it from freezing temperatures.