Drought in the West

The impact of a dry summer on wildlife

June 3, 2013
Drought continues to crackle throughout Colorado as warmer weather approaches. Sixteen percent of the state is experiencing exceptional drought, which, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, is as bad as it gets.

A wet spring in the western half of the state appears to have given forage on the range a healthy start. But, run-off has peaked and it's hard to predict how much rain the summer will bring.

And, as KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh found out, dry summers can have as much impact on wildlife as harsh, wet winters.
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