Wyoming Antelope, Deer And Elk Die From Winter Starvation
According to state Senator Larry Hicks, R-Baggs, and outfitter and pilot Bo Stacks, the wildlife winter kill in southcentral Wyoming is one of the worst on record. Thousands of antelope are dying from starvation, with up to 80% of the antelope population predicted to die in some areas of the state. Similarly, 50% of the mule deer are expected to die. The extreme winter conditions mean big game animals are struggling to survive, and much of the ground that would usually provide food and shelter for the herds is now buried under snow. Stacks has shut down all of his antelope and deer hunts for the year and is considering closing future seasons. Hicks believes it will take at least six to ten years for the herds to recover. He also warned that there could be a push to shut down hunting seasons entirely in some areas of Wyoming this fall.
Severe weather events, such as hurricanes, wildfires, and floods, can have devastating effects on wildlife populations. These events can disrupt habitats and ecosystems, causing habitat loss, food shortages, and decreased breeding success. Animals may also face increased exposure to predators, disease, and extreme temperatures. In addition, severe weather events can cause mass migration or displacement of animal populations, which can lead to increased competition for resources and further stress on the animals. Overall, severe weather events have significant impacts on wildlife populations and can contribute to declines in species abundance and diversity.