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North Dakota Game and Fish Courtesy Photo Wildlife that endures our winters should get special consideration during this time of year.

Wildlife's constant struggle in winter

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Many animals have adaptations that help them get through winter, but in some years even those natural defenses are not a sure hedge against death.

Some have thick winter coats, and their metabolism slows down. Bears hibernate. Sharp-tailed grouse have feathers out to their toes and other feathers that protect their nostrils from driven snow. Rabbits have large, fur-covered feet that help them move rapidly over deep snow.

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