Scottish mountain hares are a large and hardy species of hare that thrives on the gently undulating mountains of central and east Scotland. There are approximately 350,000 mountain hares in Scotland but the population varies as much as 10 fold over a 10 year period because of disease. The hares are suited to winter on the high slopes. Their feet are oversized and act as snowshoes and every winter the hares grow a white coat for camouflage.
This mountain hare was photographed near to the summit of Ben Chonzie (931m) which is a munro near to Crieff. The coat of the hare is changing from summer to winter.