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Drought Stresses Wildlife

The current western drought is creating challenges for wildlife throughout Nevada. State wildlife biologists say a third consecutive year of drought is causing deer herds in the high desert to shrink and fisheries to dry up. Expectations of continued drought could mean the complete loss of some fisheries. Biologists also say the drought is pushing rodents and snakes into urban neighborhoods.

State wildlife officials are worried that bears will begin moving into communities around Lake Tahoe in larger numbers. David Catalano of the Nevada Department of Wildlife tells the Reno Gazette-Journal the lack of a snowpack after a dismal winter caused streams and creeks that normally flow into July or later instead go dry in March or April.

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