This past winter took a heavy toll on wildlife in the Western United States according to biologists and wildlife managers. The toll was especially heavy in California, Colorado, Utah, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming. This past winter, according to wildlife managers in western states, was one of the coldest and snowiest in decades.
Record snowfall made it difficult for wildlife to find food and periods of bitter cold temps made that even harder. Mule deer in several states and elk herds in Washington were hit hard by this past winter. Wyoming saw heavy losses of pronghorn antelope herds and California saw heavy losses of Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep herds. Biologists and wildlife managers say the herds will eventually recover with reduced hunting so hunting permits are being limited for a time. The herds will recover IF normal conditions return next winter according to authorities.
This is just one more example of climate change based on real science. It’s not global warming. It’s global cooling and the evidence is mounting. This past winter seen record snow and cold in the western US and Canada. There is also a good possibility of the return of the Tahoe Ice Sheet which no one thought possible until this past winter. Ski resorts are still operating in the Sierra Nevada mountains and some say they will be operating all summer! We’ve followed many of these changes on this blog under our “climate change” category. Honestly, this is now getting a bit concerning.