by Carl Strang
The deep snow is receding, now, but it certainly has posed challenges to some of our mammals.
Voles, the muskrat’s smaller terrestrial relatives, have enjoyed a winter relatively safe from predators. Other species have had to deal with it. We entered the mating season for skunks and raccoons, and they could not wait out the winter.
With the thaw on, and overnight lows crusting the snow, only deer and humans still are inconvenienced where the snow remains deep.