Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

DEER IN WINTER Series: LET'S TALK ABOUT PARKS

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

DEER IN WINTER Series: LET'S TALK ABOUT PARKS

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Have you ever wondered how animals that do not hibernate make it through Pittsburgh's long winters?

One example of an animal well-suited to the cold is the prolific white-tailed deer, which begins storing fat around its internal organs and under its skin as early as late summer. Nutrition-packed seeds and nuts are usually plentiful in the fall, and adding them to their diet helps deer increase this insulating layer of fat. The extra weight also provides a reserve of energy when food is scarce.

Deer are also protected by a warm coat consisting of an under layer of dense soft fur and an outer layer of dark coarse hairs. A coating of water-repellent oil on the fur helps keep the deer from becoming soaked by rain and snow. White-tails are well camouflaged in winter as their summer coat of reddish brown changes to a grayish brown.

To conserve energy when food supplies are scarce, deer will also reduce their food intake and overall activity. …

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