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Ground Feeding Animal Population Decreasing

WATERLOO (KWWL)-- Department of Natural Resources Information Specialist Joe Wilkinson says that with every week of snow cover, 3-percent of ground feeding animals die.

These animals need to burrow deep into the ice and snow to reach wasted grain or other food, but when it takes them longer to dig up that food, their predators have more time to catch them.

"If they can find some good cover... some CRP, Conservation Reserve Program Acreage... they can ride out a lot of storms as long as they can find the food and if they've got the year round winter coverage to make it through the rest of the year." Wilkinson said.

Despite the drop in populations, the DNR isn't concerned because these populations will recover our next mild winter.

Online Reporter: Jackie Manternach

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