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Mini post: Which direction is that track?

Have you ever looked at the tracks of a snowshoe hare and wondered which way it was travelling?

My experience is that most people think that the hare that left the tracks in the photo was travelling south. The two prints that are next to each other at the top of the photo are the back feet so south seems like a logical guess. But, when a hare runs its hind feet actually land in front of its front feet, as in the photo below.

Photo: Alyson Hurt CC by-NC 2.0

Therefore, the hare that left the tracks above was travelling north.

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