pheasants http://michiganradio.org en Harsh winter taking a toll on Michigan wildlife http://michiganradio.org/post/harsh-winter-taking-toll-michigan-wildlife <p>Michigan wildlife is struggling this winter, just like the state’s human population.</p><p>State wildlife officials say the next few weeks will be critical for Michigan deer, pheasants, and other animals.</p><p>As the days grow longer, animals become more active.&nbsp;Their metabolisms pick up and they need to forage for more food.</p><p>But when the snow is several feet deep, and a layer of ice coats normal food sources, finding enough food can be a problem.</p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 11:12:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16439 at http://michiganradio.org Harsh winter taking a toll on Michigan wildlife