How to identify Canada’s 5 rabbit and hare species

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Canada has five main rabbit and hare species, and as spring arrives, you will almost be sure to see at least one of the fluffy creatures bounding through an open field near you.

Though two variations stick to the far north—where their thick fur and insulated feet protect them from harsh winter weather—the long-eared, cotton-tailed mammals are most commonly seen springing across nearby meadows and fields, hiding under shrubs and thickets, and making your barn their home for the season.

Surely you will have no problem spotting North America’s most common rabbit, the Eastern cottontail, but here are some guidelines to help identify the lesser seen varieties.