KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- Remember how cold it’s gotten this winter when the Polar Vortex came to call. Well it’s even colder than that today.
Fortunately the wind has died down or we would be dealing with wind chill factors of 30 below or more.
The low temperatures are shattering records all over Michigan. The old record low in Kalamazoo was one above.
What about wild animals. How do they survive these temperatures?
DNR Wildlife specialists say not all of them do survive.
Small mammals are burrowing under the snow to get at food, and avoid birds of prey.
Larger ones like rabbits stand on the snow and reach foods that might not be available otherwise.
They say deer put on fat in the fall and while the herd might lose its weakest members during a winter like this, most survive.
DNR Fish Biologists however expect a major fish kill this winter on inland lakes and ponds.
The plant life they depend on to produce oxygen can’t survive in a shallower pond if its covered by two or three feet of ice.
One nasty little critter that may not survive is the brown marmorated stink bug, an invasive species that eats crops and was getting a foot hold here only because the winters have been mild lately.
No one will miss it.