The European hare (Lepus europaeus), also known as the brown hare, is a species of hares native to Europe and western Asia. It is a mammal adapted to temperate, open country.
Hares are larger than the European rabbit, have longer ears and hind legs and breed on the ground rather than in a burrow. They rely on speed to escape from predators. Their breeding season lasts from January to August. Hares are herbivorous and feed on grasses, herbs, twigs, buds, bark and field crops.