Irish Hare Oil on Canvas
- Artist: Mary McGrath
- Dimensions: 50 x 60 cm (19.7 x 23.6 inches)
Hares will avoid grazing in the same areas as cattle and sheep so any increases in livestock numbers will reduce hare habitats. Populations can vary locally due to direct competition for territory with rabbits and brown hares. Numbers are falling due to habitat loss and predation by foxes, stoats, cats, stray dogs and birds of prey. However the good news is that new populations of Irish Mountain Hares live on the grounds of airports which provide them with suitable habitats.