Mountain hare in white winter coat stting on dark ground

Mountain hare

Mountain hares have evolved to change colour from dappled shades of brown to white, keeping them camouflaged against the winter snow. They are at their most vulnerable when they are still young leverets and preyed upon by foxes, stoats, birds of prey and cats.

Most active in the evening and at night, mountain hares will rest in forms and scrapes during the day with their backs to the wind sheltered by rocks and heather.

With concerns of global warming reducing snowfall in parts of the UK, mountain hares may suffer from being exposed in the wrong-coloured pelage, or moult, if there is insufficient cover.

Scientific name: Lepus timidus

Rank: Species

Common names:

Blue hare

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Map showing the distribution of the Mountain hare taxa

Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.

The Mountain hare can be found in a number of locations including: Asia, China, Europe, Russia, United Kingdom. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.


The following habitats are found across the Mountain hare distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.

Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web

Conservation Status

Least Concern

  1. EX - Extinct
  2. EW
  3. CR - Threatened
  4. EN - Threatened
  5. VU - Threatened
  6. NT
  7. LC - Least concern

Population trend: Unknown

Year assessed: 2008

Classified by: IUCN 3.1

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