The other day I noticed these tracks left by a deer that bounded across our pasture. Every time it landed it made a deep imprint in the deep snow with its belly. It must be pretty exhausting work for a deer to do much traveling through the soft snow. Even with snowshoes, that prevent you from sinking too deep into the snow, moving across the land is hard work.
Animals are not only faced with difficult travel in the winter, but they also have to deal with shortages of food and difficulty in getting at what food is available. All in all, winter is tough test for survival for animals in the north.
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