|The hare was moving right to left...|
Either the cold weather is making the creatures more venturesome, or it's just the snow revealing where they have passed. This morning we awoke to find an unmistakeable set of Hare (Lepus europaeus) lièvre tracks passing our front door.
|Coming towards the camera|
If you look closely at the first set of prints,
you can see the rear right paw mark clearly at the bottom of the hole.
|Here, the hare's front feet are at the back and the orangy splodges, just above the front elbows, are the hind feet overtaking!|
Hares are hunted for the pot throughout France and elsewhere. In our community of communes the hunting fraternity is performing a comptages(census) of hares because of concerns about the population, believed to be declining rapidly (more by habitat loss than from predation). The season for hares was 25 September to 4 December last year, so our hares can bounce in peace for the time being.
|Here is that paw print again.|