Will Warm Weather Affect Your Hunting?

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Last year's reports were all about how the wildlife wasn't doing well because of the extreme winter weather. This year was a very mild winter in most places, and reports are stating that the warm weather is affecting the animals as well.

One of the main causes of the moose population's decline has been winter ticks. Winter ticks in a good cold winter would die, keeping their levels where moose could thrive. Without those long cold spells the winter ticks are not dying off, and the moose are succumbing to the parasites. New Hampshire, Maine and Minnesota are noticing the effects on their moose population.

Not only are hunters noticing differences in the animals and their population but anglers are as well. Trout are seeking colder water, and water in general where the snowmelt has decreased in some states. Some states may be facing droughts that will affect their water supply greatly.

Also with the warmer weather, migratory birds are changing their migrations. Some not migrating as far, migrating at different times or not migrating at all.

Retired wildlife biologist Eric Orff, who now serves on New Hampshire’s Fish and Game Commission, pinpoints the trouble and the thrust of this report when he says in it: “I spent three decades restoring fish and wildlife to New Hampshire, and I don’t want to see the progress we made reversed. Climate change is is a subject I’m passionate about – and I’m trying to get hunters on board.” From The Los Angeles Times.