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In Real Life
The mountain hare is a large species; It grows to a length of 45 to 65 cm, with a tail of 4 to 8 cm, and a mass of 2 to 5.3 kg, females being slightly heavier than males.
In summer, for all populations of mountain hares, the coat is various shades of brown. In preparation for winter most populations moult into a white pelage. The tail remains completely white all year round.
This species is distributed from Fennoscandiato eastern Siberia; in addition there are isolated mountain populations in the Alps, Ireland, Scotland, the Baltics, northeastern Poland and Hokkaidō.
It have been shown that the diet of the mountain hare varies from region to region, in northern Scandinavia where snow may blanket the ground for many months, the hares may graze on twigs and bark. In areas where snowfall is rare, such as Ireland, grass may form the bulk of the diet. In the winter, when little food is available and they are facing starvation, mountain hares destroy crops as well as fruit trees and other tree plantations.
The social organization of mountain hares is a rare example of a female dominated system. Many males attempt to copulate with one female at the same time. This frequently causes fights between males. Still, there are observable relationships established between males of a group.
The mountain hare is nocturnal, and spends its days resting in a "form", a depression in the snow or ground that greatly reduces wind speed. Sometimes a form is used repeatedly. Often, though, it is abandoned. Even though a hare rests during the day, it only sleeps for a few minutes at a time and carefully grooms itself when awake.
- Mountain hares are rarely seen to drink, so it is thought that they might eat snow.
- Mountain hares are also known as blue hares, or colloquially in winter as white hares.