BELDING, Mich. (WZZM) -- The cold weather might be bothering us, but the wildlife in West Michigan are slightly more tolerant. The Department of Natural Resources reminds people that, despite the frigid temperatures, native species in Michigan are built for the cold.
At the Flat River DNR office, John Niewoonder keeps an eye on native species like deer, turkeys, and rabbits. He points to a crab apple tree. "Rabbits are feeding on the branches. They can't normally reach those, but because of the snow pile, they are taking advantage of it right now."
The rabbits will be OK and so will the white tailed deer. They start storing fat in the fall and can survive rough winters. "We will lose a few young or sick deer; the injured ones, the ones that were compromised will have trouble getting through," explained Niewoonder.