Mountain hares at risk as winter coats fail to camouflage in snowless Scottish Highlands

Mountain hares in Scotland failing to adapt to climate change, leaving them more vulnerable to predators

When snow begins to fall, mountain hares melt into the landscape by shedding their dark fur and becoming a brilliant – but camouflaged – white.

But mountain hares in Scotland are failing to adapt to a dramatic increase in snowless days, with their white fur on dark mountainsides leaving them newly visible to potential predators.

Related: Global heating threatens UK wildlife’s ability to adapt and survive

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