Climate change and the European hare: In the Australian Alps, foxes (Vulpes vulpes), hares (Lepus europaeus), house mice (Mus musculus), feral horses (Equus caballus) and weeds have all increased their presence at higher altitudes most likely due to changes in climate (Green and Pickering 2002).
Climate change models predict that summers in Ireland will become drier and warmer, giving rise to conditions favouring L. europaeus (increased arable activity, creating a more heterogenous landscape).
Principal source: Smith, A.T. & Johnston, C.H. 2008. Lepus europaeus. In: IUCN 2010. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
Compiler: IUCN SSC Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG) with support from the Overseas Territories Environmental Programme (OTEP) project XOT603, a joint project with the Cayman Islands Government - Department of Environment
Publication date: 2010-06-08
Recommended citation: Global Invasive Species Database (2020) Species profile: Lepus europaeus. Downloaded from http://www.iucngisd.org/gisd/species.php?sc=1643 on 28-01-2020.