Deep freeze and snow can challenge survival for wildlife

Deep freeze and snow can challenge survival for wildlife

Humans generally aren't bothered too much with cold weather, as long as it is reasonable. Layers of clothing, insulation for the home, modern, well-stocked supermarkets and several semi-affordable sources of home heating energy allow us to survive even the most inclement weather. But what about wildlife? How can wild animals cope with such extended bitter cold conditions? In a recent column I explained a little about how wildlife, and whitetail deer in particular, can survive brutal cold. I mentioned but did not elaborate that snow with a crust on top can make travel for these critters very difficult. Well, it looks like one of those difficult periods is about to hit this area hard. Really hard. The forecast for this past week called for plenty of snow, and we certainly got some. And given the fact that, at least in my general area, there is already 10 inches of snow with a substantial crust, another foot might just make our area deer herds begin to “yard” up (stay in a relatively small area). Nature is generally a wonderful provider. It …
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