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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.

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. 


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