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February 2015

Toughening it out when the temperatures drop

Animals amazingly adapt to Wisconsin's wild winters.

Richard Staffen, Bill Smith and Rori Paloski

It can be tough for humans to stay warm in the winter. Imagine having to go it alone with just the fur, fins or feathers on your back? How do animals survive Wisconsin's winters? We asked some of DNR's conservation biologists, Richard Staffen, Bill Smith and Rori Paloski about animals that have adapted to these cold climates.

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