Hunters and anglers worry about warming

The Casper Star-Tribune is reporting that hunters and anglers are getting worried about the effect global warming is having on wildlife and fish habitat.

The Wildlife Management Institute released a report based on work done by nine fishing and hunting organizations, providing “a glimpse of their concerns.” Highlights include:

  • “Prairie pothole regions essential for waterfowl could lose 90 percent of their wetlands, causing a 69 percent decline in North America’s breeding ducks.
  • About 42 percent of the trout and salmon habitat could be lost by the end of the century, with bull trout virtually disappearing in the high mountain West and wild trout from lower Appalachian streams.
  • The number of pronghorn antelope, elk and mule deer will dwindle as rising temperatures allow trees and shrubs to overwhelm the sagebrush ecosystem in the West.
  • Populations of bobwhite quail will shrink in the Deep South as summertime drought and higher temperatures disrupt their breeding cycles. And drier conditions in fall and early spring will threaten quail in the Southwest.
  • While an increase in water temperature and other change could benefit some salt water marine species, sea-level rise would destroy thousands of acres of coastal salt marshes and seagrass that are home to larval and juvenile game fish.”

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