Scaling New Heights
Join Date: Dec 2019
Interest: Hiking, backpacking, kayaking
A book I like for footprints is Paul Rezendes, Tracking and the Art of Seeing: How to Read Animal Tracks and Sign.
It is a guidebook.
On distinguishing rabbits (Laporidae) from Rodentia (squirrel) tracks:
"With rabbits ... the two front [feet] tracks usually appear with one well ahead of the other and almost directly in line" (p. 52).
Range of both white-tailed jackrabbit and snowshoe hare would be compatible with sighting. Snowshoe may be more common (I'll defer to solo75 and local knowledge).
White-tailed jackrabbit: "its hind foot does not spread as much as that of a snowshoe hare. While the snowshoe hare's hind track will 'snowshoe out' to more than 4", that of the jackrabbit will rarely exceed 2 1/2" (p. 102).
Snowshoe hares can run along the top of deep snow and so escape floundering predators.
But tracks are affected by so many conditions, such as snow depth and moisture.