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Did You Know? We Have Three True Hibernators

groundhog in grass
Groundhog. Photo by Tom Murray is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0 / Cropped from original.

While many animals in the Chicago region spend the winter months in varying states of torpor, there are only three true hibernators here: the groundhog (also known as the woodchuck), thirteen-lined ground squirrel and Franklin’s ground squirrel.