1. Snowshoe Hare: This snowshoe hare is simply covered in ticks. Ticks are parasites that take a meal of blood without killing their host. Specifically, they are called "ectoparasites" because they are found on the outside.
|Snowshoe hare with ticks (Newfoundland, 7/04)|
Poor guy just looks miserable! Parasites can be deadly as well as uncomfortable. And that goes for the researchers as well as the wildlife. I am lucky enough to live in an area where ticks are not thick in numbers. When we lived in Utah, we would have them on us often.
|Young eastern cottontail (Seneca Falls, NY)|
If this spring is any indication, it should be a banner year for cottontails on our property...
|Cooper's hawk on feral rabbit (University of Victoria, BC 7/10)|
|Cooper's hawk on feral rabbit (University of Victoria, 7/10)|
According to their website, the rabbits have all been removed. You can see for yourself at:
I am sure there was controversy stirred up around that decision.
|Cooper's hawk carries feral rabbit (Unviersity of Victoria, 7/10)|