Drought Starves NM Wildlife

May 29, 2013

From a family of bobcats to songbirds and raptors, The Wildlife Center refuge in northern New Mexico says it is seeing a rise in starving and thirsty animals, the result of prolonged drought that is drying up food and water supplies.

The center's executive director, Katherine Eagleson, says the center is also fielding a lot of calls from people finding unusual animals in their yards as they seek out food and water.

For instance, the center currently is caring for a mother and four bobcat kittens found in the El Dorado neighborhood of Santa Fe.

New Mexico is now in its third year of drought. Eagleson says that has impacted all levels of wildlife. And she says the effects will likely be felt for years to come, as animals stop reproducing when they don't have food and water.

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