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July 11, 2006

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Southwest Drought: Dry weather takes toll on trout, deer, quail, and more

As flood waters recede in the northeast, record drought is slamming the southwest. In New Mexico, rare pure-strain Rio Grande trout are becoming rarer due to the dry conditions. The state fish currently occupies only 10 percent of its original range, and now the handful of high-mountain streams it does inhabit are “drying up like mad,” according to state fisheries officials, who are banking on summer rains for the fish’s survival.
http://www.casperstartribune.net/articles/2006/07/08/news/regional/a1f5e95d2050d6e1872571a30063c8ae.txt

Meanwhile in Texas, where many areas have not seen any moisture in months, biologist expect both deer fawn-recruitment and turkey production to suffer. They also report that many quail did not even pair up to mate. 
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/outdoors/4033956.html

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