Because we don't know or understand enough about their movements in and out of certain areas of the northern islands, we can't estimate their actual numbers, even though many herds of more than 100 individuals have been documented. Personnel at the weather station at Eureka (in Nunavut), reported herds of hundreds or even thousands of hares milling about near the station in the 1970s and 1980s, but such numbers have not been seen in recent years. Groups of hundreds seen in the 1980s in Quttinirpaaq National Park on northern Ellesmere Island have also been missing recently.

The importance of Arctic hares is growing, in light of increasing Arctic tourism and continued traditional hunting by northerners. Highly visible, they are a popular feature in many parks and protected areas in the Arctic. Ellesmere Island's Quttinirpaaq National Park is perhaps the only place in the world where Arctic hares are a major attraction for photographers and 'extreme' tourists.
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