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I've just started a Dwarf Fortress (0.34.11) game and I just happen to start in a location with Climate: Freezing. The ground is covered in snow, but there's grass outside and I want to make a pasture for my animals. Will they be able to graze even if the ground is covered in snow?

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Yes. Animals will clear the snow to get at the grass, then eat the grass and continue along their merry way.

You can pasture your animals outside without fear.

  • Well, without additional fear. There's still starvation due to too small a grazing area, death by violent animal fight, random goblin raids, "unfortunate accidents"... – Shadur Nov 7 '13 at 12:59
  • @Shadur But of course! Don't discount the possibility of death by magma, either! – Raven Dreamer Nov 7 '13 at 13:31
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    Isn't it also possible that they could freeze to death? – Zibbobz Nov 7 '13 at 14:51
  • @Zibbobz I am pretty sure that only applies to naked dwarves / older versions of DF. I've never seen anything freeze to death, personally. – Raven Dreamer Nov 7 '13 at 16:03

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