Scandinavian Mountains over 2000m - Flora & Fauna

Scandinavian Mountains over 2000 metres - James Baxter

Flora & FaunaMammals › Mountain Hare

Lepus timidus, Mountain Hare, Hare. 55cm.

Mountain Hare
A common resident found from the mountain birch forest to the upper limit of vegetation.

They eat grasses, herbs and shoots in summer, while in winter they browse heather, berries and various scrub.

They are mainly nocturnal and during the day remain in a form, a shallow burrow which is usually open and hidden under scrub or rock. In bad winter weather they burrow in snow. They are generally solitary animals. The sexes are alike and turn white in winter.

They can live for 7 years.