The drought persists in the Rocky Mountain West and it’s not just the ski slopes that look rough. Fish and wildlife are feeling the effects. Sagebrush and other plants that pronghorns and mule deer rely on are in bad shape. Water levels in some reservoirs and streams are low following a dry spring and record heat this summer. A drop in the number of pheasants on Colorado’s plains has resulted in one of the worst-ever hunting seasons. Wildlife officials in Colorado say big game appear to be all right, but they’re concerned about the long-term outlook if we don’t get moisture.
About the Author
Judith Kohler is the regional communications manager for the National Wildlife Federation in Boulder, Colo. Before joining NWF in 2011, she covered the environment, energy, politics and general news stories for The Associated Press in Colorado and Wyoming.