Brutal cold impacts Vt. wildlife


Vermont Fish and Wildlife Information Specialist Tom Rogers stopped by the Morning Brew Friday to discuss how Vermont's wildlife copes during brutal cold stretches.

He explained that species have different ways of adapting to the cold: migrating south to a warmer climate, hibernating or toughing it out.

During extreme cold weather outbreaks, VFW encourages outdoor enthusiasts to give animals extra space, as they might have an elevated stress level. 

Unfortunately, it's a misconception that an upside to Arctic air is it aids in stabilizing Vermont's moose population. These 'Winter' ticks, wreaking havoc on the species, are generally able to "tough it out". They are huddled against the warm moose body, under the fur. It's the deer ticks, the ones that carry Lyme disease, that are impacted by the cold air.

One benefit to these cold air outbreaks is that it can make it easier for scavengers, such as bald eagles, to find food. 

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