DNR Question of the Week

Posted: Tuesday, December 31, 2013 8:33 am

DNR?Question of the Week

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Q: How does the winter cold and snow affect deer, and how do they survive Minnesota’s winter weather?


A: Wildlife in Minnesota must be able to withstand a wide variety of environmental conditions, which provides a niche for cold-adapted species that may otherwise be outcompeted by species that cannot survive the winter. White tailed deer are found throughout North America and Central America, but also exhibit some winter adaptations. The heavy fur on the outside of a deer’s coat is hollow. The air stored inside each hair serves as an insulator that buffers the deer’s warm body from colder outside temperatures, much like the insulation inside a house’s wall traps warm air.

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