Animal Remover: How Animals Thrive in the Cold

Animal remover for a red fox in the snow

With harsh winters here in the United States going well below zero degrees Fahrenheit, you may wonder how wild animals survive in such extreme temperatures. We, humans, have a shelter over our heads, a warm heater to lay beside, and blankets or coats to wrap ourselves in when the weather gets too cold to bear.

At Animal Remover, we deal with a variety of wild animals and have come to understand the strategies that most animals use when surviving the winter temperatures. Some animals migrate, some hibernate, and others have physical adaptations or techniques to help adjust to the low temperatures.


If you don’t already know what migration is, it is when an animal moves from one location to the other, typically based on seasonal changes. The reason many animals migrate is to find a better habitat for survival. Some of the most common animals that migrate include many birds, mammals, fish, and amphibians.

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Believe it or not, hibernation is not as easy as it sounds. Many people think of a bear, cozying up in a cave, eating food, and sleeping all winter. Although to us, that may seem nice, it is a very long and arduous task getting ready for hibernation. When an animal goes into a state of hibernation, their breathing slows, body temperature decreases, metabolism rate decreases, and there is a lack of available food. Some common animals that hibernate include bears, skunks, snakes, and groundhogs.


Although many animals either hibernate or migrate, you will notice some wildlife animals that remain active during the cold season such as deer, coyotes, and foxes. These animals stay warm by growing a thicker, fuller coat that will help them survive the low temperatures. They also find shelter in holes or trees and sometimes even huddle together to keep themselves warm.

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Other Techniques

Many wildlife animals, especially those who have adapted to human life activity, have found other techniques to survive the winter. These techniques include rummaging through trash for food and finding shelter in attics, garages, and even the walls of your home. Although many people may want to help wildlife survive in the winter, an animal invasion in your home could be very dangerous and damaging. Contact Animal Remover for effective and humane wildlife removal if you are concerned about wildlife living in your home this winter. Not only can we remove animals from your home, Animal Remover can also provide animal damage repair and prevention services.

Contact Animal Remover

Animal Remover is a humane wildlife management firm based in Cincinnati, Ohio. We provide all of our services to Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. Contact Animal Remover today for fast, reliable, and safe wildlife control.