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Lack of phenological shift leads to increased camouflage mismatch in mountain hares.

Proc Biol Sci 2020 12 16;287(1941):20201786. Epub 2020 Dec 16.

Wildlife Biology Program and Office of Research and Creative Scholarship, University of Montana, Missoula, MT 59812, USA.

Understanding whether organisms will be able to adapt to human-induced stressors currently endangering their existence is an urgent priority. Globally, multiple species moult from a dark summer to white winter coat to maintain camouflage against snowy landscapes. Decreasing snow cover duration owing to climate change is increasing mismatch in seasonal camouflage. Read More

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December 2020

Hare's affairs: Lessons learnt from a noninvasive genetic monitoring for tracking mountain hare individuals.

Ecol Evol 2020 Sep 4;10(18):10150-10166. Epub 2020 Sep 4.

Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL Birmensdorf Switzerland.

Systematic monitoring of individuals and their abundance over time has become an important tool to provide information for conservation. For genetic monitoring studies, noninvasive sampling has emerged as a valuable approach, particularly so for elusive or rare animals. Here, we present the 5-year results of an ongoing noninvasive genetic monitoring of mountain hares () in a protected area in the Swiss Alps. Read More

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September 2020

Lagovirus europeus GI.2 (rabbit hemorrhagic disease virus 2) infection in captive mountain hares (Lepus timidus) in Germany.

BMC Vet Res 2020 May 27;16(1):166. Epub 2020 May 27.

Institute of Pathology, University of Veterinary Medicine Hanover, Foundation, Buenteweg, 17 30559, Hannover, Germany.

Background: Rabbit hemorrhagic disease virus (RHDV, Lagovirus europeus GI.1) induces a contagious and highly lethal hemorrhagic disease in rabbits. In 2010 a new genotype of lagovirus (GI. Read More

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Transcriptomic regulation of seasonal coat color change in hares.

Ecol Evol 2020 Feb 15;10(3):1180-1192. Epub 2020 Jan 15.

CIBIO Centro de Investigação em Biodiversidade e Recursos Genéticos InBIO Laboratório Associado Universidade do Porto Vairão Portugal.

Color molts from summer brown to winter white coats have evolved in several species to maintain camouflage year-round in environments with seasonal snow. Despite the eco-evolutionary relevance of this key phenological adaptation, its molecular regulation has only recently begun to be addressed. Here, we analyze skin transcription changes during the autumn molt of the mountain hare () and integrate the results with an established model of gene regulation across the spring molt of the closely related snowshoe hare (). Read More

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February 2020

An Annotated Draft Genome of the Mountain Hare (Lepus timidus).

Genome Biol Evol 2020 01;12(1):3656-3662

CIBIO, Centro de Investigação em Biodiversidade e Recursos Genéticos, InBIO Laboratório Associado, Universidade do Porto, Vairão, Portugal.

Hares (genus Lepus) provide clear examples of repeated and often massive introgressive hybridization and striking local adaptations. Genomic studies on this group have so far relied on comparisons to the European rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) reference genome. Here, we report the first de novo draft reference genome for a hare species, the mountain hare (Lepus timidus), and evaluate the efficacy of whole-genome re-sequencing analyses using the new reference versus using the rabbit reference genome. Read More

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January 2020

Introgression drives repeated evolution of winter coat color polymorphism in hares.

Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 2019 11 11;116(48):24150-24156. Epub 2019 Nov 11.

CIBIO-InBIO, Centro de Investigação em Biodiversidade e Recursos Genéticos (CIBIO), Rede de Investigação em Biodiversidade e Biologia Evolutiva (InBIO), Universidade do Porto, 4485-661 Vairão, Portugal;

Changing from summer-brown to winter-white pelage or plumage is a crucial adaptation to seasonal snow in more than 20 mammal and bird species. Many of these species maintain nonwhite winter morphs, locally adapted to less snowy conditions, which may have evolved independently. Mountain hares () from Fennoscandia were introduced into the Faroe Islands in 1855. Read More

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November 2019

The discovery of three new hare lagoviruses reveals unexplored viral diversity in this genus.

Virus Evol 2019 Jan 9;5(1):vez005. Epub 2019 Apr 9.

Marie Bashir Institute for Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity, Charles Perkins Centre, School of Life and Environmental Sciences and Sydney Medical School, The University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

Our knowledge of mammalian viruses has been strongly skewed toward those that cause disease in humans and animals. However, recent metagenomic studies indicate that most apparently healthy organisms carry viruses, and that these seemingly benign viruses may comprise the bulk of virus diversity. The bias toward studying viruses associated with overt disease is apparent in the lagoviruses (family that infect rabbits and hares: although most attention has been directed toward the highly pathogenic members of this genus-rabbit haemorrhagic disease virus and European brown hare syndrome virus-a number of benign lagoviruses have also been identified. Read More

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January 2019

Overcoming species barriers: an outbreak of Lagovirus europaeus GI.2/RHDV2 in an isolated population of mountain hares (Lepus timidus).

BMC Vet Res 2018 Nov 26;14(1):367. Epub 2018 Nov 26.

Department of Pathology and Wildlife Diseases, National Veterinary Institute (SVA), 751 89, Uppsala, Sweden.

Background: Prior to 2010, the lagoviruses that cause rabbit hemorrhagic disease (RHD) in European rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus) and European brown hare syndrome (EBHS) in hares (Lepus spp.) were generally genus-specific. However, in 2010, rabbit hemorrhagic disease virus 2 (RHDV2), also known as Lagovirus europaeus GI. Read More

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November 2018

The importance of wildlife in the ecology and epidemiology of the TBE virus in Sweden: incidence of human TBE correlates with abundance of deer and hares.

Parasit Vectors 2018 Aug 29;11(1):477. Epub 2018 Aug 29.

Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI), Gothenburg, Sweden.

Background: Tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) is one tick-transmitted disease where the human incidence has increased in some European regions during the last two decades. We aim to find the most important factors causing the increasing incidence of human TBE in Sweden. Based on a review of published data we presume that certain temperature-related variables and the population densities of transmission hosts, i. Read More

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[Application of infrared camera technique in investigation of wild animals as infectious source of schistosomiasis].

Zhongguo Xue Xi Chong Bing Fang Zhi Za Zhi 2018 Jun;31(3):291-293

Anhui Provincial Institute of Schistosomiasis Control, Hefei 230061, China.

Objective: To investigate the species and activities of wild animals infected with schistosome in hilly and mountain areas by using an infrared camera technique, so as to provide the evidence for the surveillance of schistosomiasis in these areas.

Methods: Six infrared cameras were selected and placed in 6 environments of the risk monitoring points of schistosomiasis in Shitai County in Anhui Province. The species and activities of the wild animals in the 6 environments were observed through the photographs and videos taken by the cameras. Read More

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Alpine glacial relict species losing out to climate change: The case of the fragmented mountain hare population (Lepus timidus) in the Alps.

Glob Chang Biol 2018 07 13;24(7):3236-3253. Epub 2018 Mar 13.

Forest Research Institute of Baden-Württemberg, Freiburg, Germany.

Alpine and Arctic species are considered to be particularly vulnerable to climate change, which is expected to cause habitat loss, fragmentation and-ultimately-extinction of cold-adapted species. However, the impact of climate change on glacial relict populations is not well understood, and specific recommendations for adaptive conservation management are lacking. We focused on the mountain hare (Lepus timidus) as a model species and modelled species distribution in combination with patch and landscape-based connectivity metrics. Read More

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Forest structure provides the income for reproductive success in a southern population of Canada lynx.

Ecol Appl 2018 06 7;28(4):1032-1043. Epub 2018 May 7.

Wildlife Biology Program, Department of Ecosystem and Conservation Sciences, W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation, University of Montana, 32 Campus Drive, Missoula, Montana, 59812, USA.

Understanding intrinsic and extrinsic drivers of reproductive success is central to advancing animal ecology and characterizing critical habitat. Unfortunately, much of the work examining drivers of reproductive success is biased toward particular groups of organisms (e.g. Read More

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Counting mountain hares in Scotland.


Vet Rec 2018 02;182(6):158-159

The mountain hare () is Britain's only native hare, but counting them is challenging. Here, explains how new research is helping to finally discover the numbers of this elusive species. Read More

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February 2018

Widespread introgression of mountain hare genes into Fennoscandian brown hare populations.

PLoS One 2018 25;13(1):e0191790. Epub 2018 Jan 25.

Department of Environmental and Biological Sciences, University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu, Finland.

In Fennoscandia, mountain hare (Lepus timidus) and brown hare (Lepus europaeus) hybridize and produce fertile offspring, resulting in gene flow across the species barrier. Analyses of maternally inherited mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) show that introgression occur frequently, but unavailability of appropriate nuclear DNA markers has made it difficult to evaluate the scale- and significance for the species. The extent of introgression has become important as the brown hare is continuously expanding its range northward, at the apparent expense of the mountain hare, raising concerns about possible competition. Read More

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Mountain hare transcriptome and diagnostic markers as resources to monitor hybridization with European hares.

Sci Data 2017 12 5;4:170178. Epub 2017 Dec 5.

CIBIO, Centro de Investigação em Biodiversidade e Recursos Genéticos, InBIO Laboratório Associado, Universidade do Porto, Vairão 4485-661, Portugal.

We report the first mountain hare (Lepus timidus) transcriptome, produced by de novo assembly of RNA-sequencing reads. Data were obtained from eight specimens sampled in two localities, Alps and Ireland. The mountain hare tends to be replaced by the invading European hare (Lepus europaeus) in their numerous contact zones where the species hybridize, which affects their gene pool to a yet unquantified degree. Read More

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December 2017

The effects of acaricide treatment of sheep on red grouse Lagopus lagopus scotica tick burdens and productivity in a multi-host system.

K Fletcher D Baines

Med Vet Entomol 2018 06 30;32(2):235-243. Epub 2017 Nov 30.

Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust, Eggleston, U.K.

Ixodes ricinus (Ixodida: Ixodidae) ticks are of economic and pathogenic importance across Europe. Within the uplands of the U.K. Read More

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Host-Specific Glycans Are Correlated with Susceptibility to Infection by Lagoviruses, but Not with Their Virulence.

J Virol 2018 02 30;92(4). Epub 2018 Jan 30.

CRCINA, INSERM, Université d'Angers, Université de Nantes, Nantes, France

Rabbit hemorrhagic disease virus (RHDV) and European brown hare syndrome virus (EBHSV) are two lagoviruses from the family that cause fatal diseases in two leporid genera, and , respectively. In the last few years, several examples of host jumps of lagoviruses among leporids were recorded. In addition, a new pathogenic genotype of RHDV emerged, and many nonpathogenic strains of lagoviruses have been described. Read More

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February 2018

Impact of rewilding, species introductions and climate change on the structure and function of the Yukon boreal forest ecosystem.

Integr Zool 2018 Mar;13(2):123-138

Department of Environment, Government of Yukon, Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada.

Community and ecosystem changes are happening in the pristine boreal forest ecosystem of the Yukon for 2 reasons. First, climate change is affecting the abiotic environment (temperature, rainfall and growing season) and driving changes in plant productivity and predator-prey interactions. Second, simultaneously change is occurring because of mammal species reintroductions and rewilding. Read More

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Tularaemia in European Brown Hares (Lepus europaeus) and Mountain Hares (Lepus timidus) Characterized by Histopathology and Immunohistochemistry: Organ Lesions and Suggestions of Routes of Infection and Shedding.

J Comp Pathol 2017 Aug - Oct;157(2-3):103-114. Epub 2017 Jul 25.

Department of Pathology and Wildlife Diseases, National Veterinary Institute, Uppsala, Sweden; Department of Biomedical Sciences and Veterinary Public Health, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden.

Tularaemia is an emerging zoonotic infectious disease caused by the bacterium Francisella tularensis. In Sweden, hares are considered to be key species in the epidemiology of tularaemia. The aim of this study was to characterize the pathology of natural tularaemia infection in European brown hares (EBHs) (Lepus europaeus) and mountain hares (MHs) (Lepus timidus) in Sweden, in order to better understand the presentation of disease and the routes of infection, body dissemination and shedding of F. Read More

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How genetic data improve the interpretation of results of faecal glucocorticoid metabolite measurements in a free-living population.

PLoS One 2017 23;12(8):e0183718. Epub 2017 Aug 23.

Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Veterinary Medicine, Veterinärplatz 1, Vienna, Austria.

Measurement of glucocorticoid metabolites (GCM) in faeces has become a widely used and effective tool for evaluating the amount of stress experienced by animals. However, the potential sampling bias resulting from an oversampling of individuals when collecting "anonymous" (unknown sex or individual) faeces has rarely been investigated. We used non-invasive genetic sampling (NIGS) to investigate potential interpretation errors of GCM measurements in a free-living population of mountain hares during the mating and post-reproductive periods. Read More

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November 2017

Multiscale habitat relationships of snowshoe hares () in the mixed conifer landscape of the Northern Rockies, USA: Cross-scale effects of horizontal cover with implications for forest management.

Ecol Evol 2017 01 14;7(1):125-144. Epub 2016 Dec 14.

Department of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences Montana State University Bozeman MT USA.

Snowshoe hares () are an ecologically important herbivore because they modify vegetation through browsing and serve as a prey resource for multiple predators. We implemented a multiscale approach to characterize habitat relationships for snowshoe hares across the mixed conifer landscape of the northern Rocky Mountains, USA. Our objectives were to (1) assess the relationship between horizontal cover and snowshoe hares, (2) estimate how forest metrics vary across the gradient of snowshoe hare use and horizontal cover, and (3) model and map snowshoe hare occupancy and intensity of use. Read More

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January 2017

Seasonal and Diel Activity Patterns of Eight Sympatric Mammals in Northern Japan Revealed by an Intensive Camera-Trap Survey.

PLoS One 2016 12;11(10):e0163602. Epub 2016 Oct 12.

Faculty of Environmental Earth Science, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan.

The activity patterns of mammals are generally categorized as nocturnal, diurnal, crepuscular (active at twilight), and cathemeral (active throughout the day). These patterns are highly variable across regions and seasons even within the same species. However, quantitative data is still lacking, particularly for sympatric species. Read More

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[Spatial-temporal dynamics of the pine marten (Martes martes L.), mountain hare (Lepus timidus L.) and red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris L.) trail activity in the European southern taiga].

Zh Obshch Biol 2016 Jul-Aug;77(4):262-83

Observations of trail activity of the martens, mountain hares, and red squirrels in winter along fixed routes in the Central Forest Reserve showed its high variability and synchronism in time and space. Polynomial dependence of the trail activity and correlation between spatial distribution of marten, mountain hare and squirrel are detected. The influence of weather on the trail activity is smaller, but statistically significant. Read More

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[The Effect of Coprophagy on the Size of Plant Fibers in the Digestive Tract of Hares Lepus europaeus and L. timidus (Lagomorpha, Leporidae)].

Izv Akad Nauk Ser Biol 2015 Sep-Oct(5):503-8

We have studied the distribution of plant fibers of different sizes in the digestive tracts of two hare species: the brown hare (Lepus euopaeus) and the mountain hare (L. timidus). In all studied hares (18 specimens), the highest amount of fine-sized fibers (less than 0. Read More

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December 2015

Louping ill virus in the UK: a review of the hosts, transmission and ecological consequences of control.

Lucy Gilbert

Exp Appl Acarol 2016 Mar 24;68(3):363-74. Epub 2015 Jul 24.

James Hutton Institute, Craigiebuckler, Aberdeen, AB15 8QH, UK.

Louping ill virus (LIV) is a tick-borne flavivirus that is part of the tick-borne encephalitis complex of viruses (TBEV) and has economic and welfare importance by causing illness and death in livestock, especially sheep, Ovies aries, and red grouse, Lagopus lagopus scoticus, an economically valuable gamebird. Unlike Western TBEV which is found primarily in woodlands and is reservoired by small rodents, LIV is not generally transmitted by small rodents but instead by sheep, red grouse and mountain hares and, therefore, is associated with upland heather moorland and rough grazing land. Red grouse are a particularly interesting transmission host because they may acquire most of their LIV infections through eating ticks rather than being bitten by ticks. Read More

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Tularaemia in Norwegian dogs.

Vet Microbiol 2014 Oct 8;173(3-4):318-22. Epub 2014 Jul 8.

Norwegian Veterinary Institute, Department of Health Surveillance, Pb 750 Sentrum, N-0106 Oslo, Norway.

We describe tularaemia in a Norwegian dog caused by Francisella tularensis subspecies holarctica. A Hamilton Hound and his owner developed tulaeremia after hunting an infected mountain hare (Lepus timidus). The dog showed signs of lethargy, anorexia and fever during a period two to four days after hunting and thereafter fully recovered. Read More

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October 2014

Assessment of the gastrointestinal helminth fauna of mountain hares (Lepus timidus varronis) from the northwestern Italian Alps, with new records of parasite occurrence.

J Wildl Dis 2014 Apr 31;50(2):402-4. Epub 2014 Jan 31.

1  Department of Veterinary Science, University of Turin, Via Leonardo da Vinci 44, 10095 Grugliasco (TO), Piedmont, Italy.

We describe the gastrointestinal parasite community of Lepus timidus varronis, a subspecies of the mountain hare (L. timidus) living in the Alps. Two nematode species are reported for the first time in L. Read More

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Complete coding sequences of European brown hare syndrome virus (EBHSV) strains isolated in 1982 in Sweden.

Arch Virol 2013 Oct 3;158(10):2193-6. Epub 2013 May 3.

CIBIO-UP, Centro de Investigação em Biodiversidade e Recursos Genéticos, Universidade do Porto, InBIO, Laboratório Associado, Campus Agrário de Vairão, Rua Padre Armando Quintas, Vairão, Portugal,

European brown hare syndrome (EBHS) is characterised by high mortality of European brown hares (Lepus europaeus) and mountain hares (Lepus timidus). European brown hare syndrome virus (EBHSV) and the closely related rabbit haemorrhagic disease virus (RHDV) comprise the genus Lagovirus, family Caliciviridae. In contrast to RHDV, which is well studied, with more than 30 complete genome sequences available, the only complete genome sequence available for EBHSV was obtained from a strain isolated in 1989 in France. Read More

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October 2013

Ancient colonization and within-island vicariance revealed by mitochondrial DNA phylogeography of the mountain hare (Lepus timidus) in Hokkaido, Japan.

Zoolog Sci 2012 Nov;29(11):776-85

Graduate School of Environmental Science, Hokkaido University, Kita-ku, Sapporo, Japan.

We examined the phylogenetic status and history of the mountain hare Lepus timidus in and around Hokkaido using mitochondrial cytochrome b (cyt b) sequences from 158 samples from Hokkaido and 14 from Sakhalin, as well as four samples from the Korean hare, L. coreanus. The phylogenetic analysis of the cyt b sequences generated in this study and obtained from DNA databases showed the clear genetic specificity of the Hokkaido lineage as a clade. Read More

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November 2012

The importance of willow thickets for ptarmigan and hares in shrub tundra: the more the better?

Oecologia 2012 Jan 21;168(1):141-51. Epub 2011 Jul 21.

Department of Arctic and Marine Biology, University of Tromsø, Tromso, Norway.

In patchy habitats, the relationship between animal abundance and cover of a preferred habitat may change with the availability of that habitat, resulting in a functional response in habitat use. Here, we investigate the relationship of two specialized herbivores, willow ptarmigan (Lagopus lagopus) and mountain hare (Lepus timidus), to willows (Salix spp.) in three regions of the shrub tundra zone-northern Norway, northern European Russia and western Siberia. Read More

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January 2012