Hares of all species prefer to eat grass and other plant life but also supplement their diets with seeds, fruits and vegetables. The omnivores spend much of their time resting and foraging for food.
Arctic hares survive in winter months by digging through the snow in search of woody plants, mosses and lichens. In warmer months, the hares use their outstanding sense of smell to locate bark, berries, buds, leaves and roots. The animals use their outstanding speed and jumping ability to avoid becoming food themselves to large birds of prey, other wild animals and humans who treasure their fur.