LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - The extreme heat and persistent drought
seen in much of Texas is taking its toll on wildlife.
State agriculture experts say pregnant does are having problems
carrying fawns to term. Fawns have been found born prematurely, but
most haven't survived.
Other does are abandoning their newborn fawns because
drought-induced malnutrition is robbing the mothers of their
ability to produce milk.
Abandoned fawns from all over the Panhandle and South Plains are
being found and brought to the South Plains Wildlife Rehabilitation
Center. The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal reports ten had been Brought
to the Lubbock wildlife center by the end of the week.
The newborns that don't starve are easy prey to such predators
as bobcats. Those lucky enough to end up at the wildlife center are
fed donated goat's milk.