Eight snowshoe hares in a short section of road in Denali National Park, Alaska.
Two years ago I spent a fair amount of time photographing hares, as it seemed the population had peaked. Last year I was surprised to find even more, but this year the number of hares was nothing short of unbelievable! Driving the road in evenings and mornings was literally was a challenge, often they wouldn’t move from the road and you would have to drive around them. Dozens were killed by cars everyday making easy pickings for other wildlife. One wolf in particular seemed to walk the road every evening just eating road killed hares.
I understand there was a population explosion like this in Denali in the early 70’s, but the peaks since then have been far smaller. It will be interesting to see what happens next year, typically the population will completely crash, and finding any hares becomes a challenge for years.
I make the long drive home last night after an fun and productive trip. I have more stuff to share over the next few days.