'Non-winter' good for some, bad for others


Imagine if you were a varying hare this winter. In case you didn't know, these hares' camouflaging coloration changes from brown to white every winter, and then back to brown again come spring. So there you'd be, since back in November, a white hare trying to be invisible in an all brown-and-green environment. Every owl, hawk, fox and coyote could spot you from a country mile away. Your chances of survival would be less than they normally would be. When long-term abnormal seasonal weather occurs, some wildlife species benefit while others suffer.

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