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Originally posted by Logman
It's crazy that in one part of the country there are massive floods and a few hundred miles away there's a drought of biblical proportions. Sounds like some sensible water infrastructure would solve the issue.
LUBBOCK — The extreme heat and persistent drought seen in much of Texas is taking its toll on wildlife, with deer, birds and other animals abandoning or unable to feed their young.
Pregnant does are having problems carrying fawns to term, and most of them born prematurely aren’t surviving, according to the Texas AgriLife Extension Service. Other does are abandoning their newborns because drought-induced malnutrition has robbed them of their ability to produce milk.
Abandoned fawns found all over the Panhandle and South Plains have been brought to the South Plains Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. Ten had been brought to the Lubbock wildlife center by the end of last week. “With the drought, there is no feed for the mother deer. And if they can’t feed, they can’t produce milk. They can’t feed their babies, so they are leaving them,” center volunteer Gail Barnes told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.
The newborns that don’t starve are easy prey for predators such as bobcats. One fawn that survived an attack was brought to the South Plains center, Barnes said. “It’s in isolation, it’s torn up so bad,” she said. Other fawns are in bad shape as well, she said.
“They are emaciated and dehydrated, and we are having to hydrate them. They are responding after several days of hydration,” Barnes said.
Originally posted by CAPT PROTON
Its a bad thing, but this La Nina weather, so it will disappear eventually.
Climatologists call drought a “creeping disaster” because its effects are not felt at once. Others compare drought to a python, which slowly and inexorably squeezes its prey to death.
The great aridification of 2011 began last fall; now temperatures in many states have spiked to more than 100 degrees for days at a stretch. A high pressure system has stalled over the middle of the country, blocking cool air from the north. Texas and New Mexico are drier than in any year on record.