Adult 13 lined ground squirrels were monitored for entry into a state of hypothermic hibernation or arousal in a cold room on a photoperiod LD 2:22. Once animals developed predictable hibernation patterns, animals were killed at the mid point of hypothermic hibernation or arousal for determination of plasma and tissue angiotensin-1-converting enzyme (Kininase II) activity. Enzyme was extracted from plasma, lung, kidney, liver, forebrain and brainstem and assayed in vitro. During hypothermic hibernation enzyme activity is significantly decreased in all tissues examined. These data suggest that the activity of tissue and plasma peptidases are altered during the cyclic torporous periods characteristics of hibernation in this species.