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Animals Dealing With Drought Well, Wildlife Biologist Says

Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Wild animals are bearing the impacts of this year's drought well, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife. In a release from Wednesday, CPW biologist Scott Wait says most wild animals get the majority of their water through the food they eat, so they don’t need much water to survive. Also, big game animals were able to forage at higher elevations because of the light snowpack, so their normal ranges had fewer impacts. However,  if the drought persists through the summer or longer, he says animals could see more impacts from reduced vegetation and other food sources.

Austin Cope is a former Morning Edition host for KSJD and now produces work on a freelance basis for the station. He grew up in Cortez and hosted a show on KSJD when he was 10 years old. After graduating from Montezuma-Cortez High School in 2010, he lived in Belgium, Ohio, Spain, northern Wyoming, and Himachal Pradesh, India before returning to the Cortez area. He has a degree in Politics from Oberlin College in Ohio.
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