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Technical Report

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"To develop habitat management procedures for optimum population densities and maximum utilization of snowshoe hares"


"Between 1926 and 1937, a total of 58,400 hares were stocked in New York State by the Conservation Department. These hares were purchased from other states including Maine and Wisconsin. Snowshoe hares were raised at the Delmar Game Farm and released from the mid 1940s until 1949. The stocking efforts of the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s were generally unsuccessful. The trap and transfer of hares within the state by the Conservation Department commenced in the 1950s and extended to the mid 1970s. In 1959, special holding pens were constructed at DeBar Mountain Wildlife Management Area to consolidate stocks for shipment. Hare range was successfully extended throughout southeastern, central and western New York, although most hare populations were apparently confined to conifer plantations first planted in the 1930s by the C.C.C. Hares are still purchased in Canada and stocked by hunting clubs under D.E.C. permit, although these stocking efforts are biologically unsuccessful."