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Posted: Thursday, November 1, 2012 9:16 am | Updated: 11:52 am, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

FAIRBANKS - Snowshoe hares are one of the most important food sources of northern furbearers, particularly lynx. They inhabit most of the state except for the lower Kuskokwim Delta, the Alaska Peninsula and north of the Brooks Range. Snowshoe hares average 18-20 inches in length and weigh 3 to 4 pounds. In summer, their coat is grayish brown and in the winter they turn all white, an adaptation that helps avoid predators. The hares’ large hind feet are well-furred for traveling in deep snow — hence the name “snowshoe.” Snowshoe hare populations cycle from high to low on a 7-10 year cycle.

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