Photo of Lievre

Hares are found in much of France, although as with most wildlife they are more commonly seen at dusk and dawn. Hares are most commonly seen during daylight hours in the spring, when their mating rituals (boxing and chasing each other) bring them into the open.

hare (lièvre)

The European Brown Hare (to give the hare its full name) lives either alone or in pairs, and is rarely confused with a rabbit since the hare is much larger. If you are not sure if you have seen a hare or a large rabbit, it was probably a rabbit! Hares at a distance are commonly confused with dogs or even small deer.

The hare can move very fast when required - up to 70 kmh.

The young of the hare are born with fur and vision (unlike rabbits, that have neither).

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