Animals Threatened by Texas Drought
The drought in Texas is so bad that a coyote stole a watermelon at night from a man’s garden. The man noticed watermelons were disappearing, so he set up a camera at night and captured an image of the melon bandit. Animals in the huge, parched state are being drive to extremes to find water. You might have seen this video of a baby armadillo there drinking water from a hose. Racoons, feral hogs and other animals are showing up in yards and deer are walking down roads in the middle of the day.
“Texas flora and fauna are adapted to the harsh, extreme conditions. However, this particular drought is testing the limits of native populations,” said water resource official Cindy Loeffler. (Source: Atlanta Constitution Journal) Officials are considering evacuating some endangered species to locations with greater access to water. Months with very little rain have caused some rivers, lakes and ponds to drop by half or more. Eighty-six endangered or threatened species live in Texas and the drought is predicted to continue for months, if not years.
Natural bodies of water in western and nothern Texas are drying up the fastest, so animals nearby are being watched closely. Some species that live in water from springs such as the fountain darte, San Marcos gambusia,Texas blind salamander; San Marcos salamander, Comal Springs Riffle beetle, the Comal Springs Dryopid beetle, Peck’s cave amphipod are all in danger if the flows decrease even more. Some scientists say extreme weather like drought is related to climate change.
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