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Cold weather pushes limits of wildlife, plants

7:12 PM, Feb. 28, 2014
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Bitter cold and deep snow have taken an extra harsh toll on Fox Cities residents this winter, but the impact doesn't end there. Wildlife and plants also have felt the wrath of one of the most frigid winters in the region's history.

"This brutal winter may prove to be a serious problem for animals in hibernation, especially those that spend it in the soil," said Tracey Koenig, executive director at Heckrodt Wetland Reserve in Menasha.

Hibernating animals must dig below the frost to survive, Koenig said. This season, the frost line is much deeper than normal, meaning some critters may be frozen. ...

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