broom hare

The Broom Hare is listed on the IUCN's Red List of Threatened Species as vulnerable. The major threat listed to the Broom Hare's status is hunting. Hunting of the Broom Hare is excessive in many parts they inhabit, especially when the hares are isolated during the winter months.

The Broom Hare (Lepus castroviejoi) is a species of hare endemic to northern Spain. It is restricted to the Cantabrian Mountains in northern Spain between the Sierra de Ancares and the Sierra de Pena Labra. This region is approximately 230 km from east to west and 25-40 km from north to south. It lives in mountains at heights almost 2,000 metres high, though descends during the winter to avoid the colder temperatures and snow. The habitat is heathland, mainly Erica, Calluna, and Vaccinium, with much shrub cover of Cytisus, Genista, and Juniperus. It also inhabits clearings in mixed deciduous forest of oak and beech.


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