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Binoculars are a great way to watch your furry, feathered, or scaly friends from a safe distance. You can also view them from your backyard or window. In the spring, keep an eye out for these animals as they come out of hibernation.
species of hares, like the snowshoe hare, turn white; this trick lets them blend into their snowy background and makes it harder for predators to see them. Weasels and mice create a world of their own in tunnels beneath the snow’s surface — the snowy layer acts like a blanket and protects them from the cold. What do you do if you see an animal hibernating? Animals usually find dens or caves to hibernate in, so you usually won’t see them around, but if you do, do what you usually do when you see an animal — leave them alone! They’re just trying to survive and should be given plenty of space. It can be dangerous to get too close — because bears only lower their body temperature by 12 degrees, they can wake up from hibernation very quickly.
Did you know that some animals hibernate for 11 months? Others can go for 10 minutes without breathing when they’re in hibernation mode! Come wintertime, many of our furry friends crawl into caves or underground to conserve energy when food is scarce. The wildlife we usually see around Wyoming in the spring and summer, like bears, marmots, chipmunks, and even frogs, slow their heart rates and breathing and hibernate when the cold months arrive. They’ll remain in their cozy homes until the weather is warm enough for them to reemerge. Not all animals hibernate, though. Some have alternative ways of surviving the winter. Elk and deer move to a lower elevation where there is more plant life for them to eat. Our winged friends usually fly south to where there’s more food. Some
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