White-Tailed Prairie Hares (aka Jackrabbits) are a common urban wildlife species in Edmonton and surrounding areas. They prefer open habitat such as parks, schoolyards and industrial areas. Baby hares are born as early as late March and as late as September. They are adapted to withstand the rigors of Alberta weather! They are fully furred, eyes open and able to hop around within hours of birth.
The female hare will leave the young for long periods of time during the day so she does not attract predators. She returns to feed them and forage with them in the evening and into the night. Their cryptic colouring and “freezing” behaviour helps them stay hidden from predators such as hawks.
If you see a baby hare by itself, this is normal for this species. Please do not intervene unless you see obvious signs of injury such as open wounds, leg fractures; parasites or neurological signs like loss of balance or falling over.
If the baby hares appears to be in an unsafe location such as a parking lot or construction site, you may move it by gently picking it up (wear gloves) and move it a short distance to the nearest grassy spot.
Please help us keep wildlife wild and allow these little animals to remain in their normal situations where their mother can give them the best care.
If injured, please contact our wildlife hotline at (780) 914-4118. Please also contact us before attempting to move any baby hares. If you are advised to bring it to our shelter, please try to minimize stress by:
- Keep the baby hare(s) in an appropriate sized box with ventilation holes. Please read more on appropriate transportation boxes here
- Keeping the car radio off and talking to a whisper/minimum
- Minimize handling, if possible only handle to put inside transportation box
- Keep away from family pets
- Please do not attempt to feed the hare(s)
We appreciate your care and concern and if you do find a baby hare, please call our wildlife hotline at (780) 914-4118 for advice.