Hakuba’s wildlife

If   you   go   to   Hakuba   for   skiing   it   is   possible   to   see   wildlife   from   the   lifts   at the ski resorts.  If you keep your eyes open you almost certainly see some.  Here are some of the animals you might see: Japanese   snow   monkey   or   macaque   which   is   seems   to   be   getting   easier   to   see   in   Hakuba. You can   add   on   a   tour   to your   skiing   holiday   if   you   want   to   see   them   bathing   themselves   in   the   hot   springs.   Lately   they   have   been   seen   on   the   Happo   ski   slopes,   with the ski patrol having to shoo them away. Japanese   serow   (an   antelope-goat   type   animal   of   large   size   with   a   weight   to130   kg).   They   feed   on   acorns,   the   buds   of   new   leaves   and   any whole leafs still hanging on the trees.  Red   Fox   which   is   native   to   Japan   and   can   be   seen   occasionally   in   Hakuba.   The   author   saw   it   cross   a   very   steep   slope   high   above   Happo   ski resort (and therefore way above the tree-line) with great ease in the middle of winter. Japanese   hare   which   is   only   found   in   Japan.   It   changes   colour   from   brown   to   white   in   winter   and   you   can   identify   it   by   the   black   tips   on   it's ears. Japanese   Racoon   dog   which   is   actually   distantly   related   to   the   dog,   and   is   not   in   actual   fact   a   racoon   at   all.   It   eats   leaves,   bulbs,   fruit,   insects and rodents. Pretty much anything actually. Asiatic   black   bear   has   been   seen   very   often   lately   in   Hakuba   village   in   the   summer   seasons.   So   often   actually   that   they   have   loudspeakers village   wide   to   warn   people   in   BOTH   Japanese   and   English   when   they   are   seen. As   it   hibernates   throughout   from   November   to   March   you   are unlikely   to   see   it   unless   you   are   in   Hakuba   for   spring   skiing   (April   and   early   May)   and   even   then   you   would   have   to   be   very   lucky   to   see   one,     but if you do you should keep well away. Tracks in the snow When   you   are   on   that   lift   keep   your   eyes   open   for   animal   footprints.   They   are   especially   prevalent   anywhere   there   are   a   lot   of   trees,   but   sometimes you   will   see   them   directly   under   the   lift.      If   you   follow   them   with   your   eyes   and   see   what’s   at   the   end   you   might   be   surprised.   The   pictures   below   will help you identify which animal they belong to. 
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