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Shelled corn placed in an open area near brush or cattails can help pheasants make it through the recent extreme conditions, including freezing rain and ice that makes it difficult for wildlife to find food sources. Tribune photo by Carolyn Lange

Ice could harm wildlife more than cold

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NEW LONDON –– Most wildlife should be able to weather the recent arctic blast just fine, but some species could have difficulty finding food because freezing rain encased their food source in ice.

The latest blast of winter weather is “stressing wildlife earlier than in past years,” said Cory Netland, Department of Natural Resources wildlife supervisor in New London.

“There’s definitely going to be some critters suffering from this,” he said.

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Carolyn Lange
A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers county government and regional news with the West Central Tribune.
(320) 894-9750
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