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To hibernate or not to hibernate?

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A friend of mine recently asked me, "Do muskrats hibernate?"

The simple answer is they don't, although I certainly understand why the question was asked -- we just don't see muskrats during the winter months. As such, rodents they are, some members of the rodent family hibernate while others, like muskrats, beavers, tree squirrels and mice and voles, do not.

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