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.      I f   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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Fox footprint  Monkey footprint  Japanese serow       Japanese hare

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.      I f   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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    Fox footprint      Monkey footprint
Japanese serow                   Japanese     hare