Notes: Wildlife numbers down after drought

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Posted: Sunday, August 25, 2013 12:00 am

Wildlife numbers are generally lower compared to a year ago, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission’s July Rural Mail Carrier Survey.

The 2012 drought affected wildlife across the state, exacerbated by habitat loss caused by emergency haying and grazing on Conservation Reserve Program land. In July, 426 rural mail carriers reported observations of wildlife while driving 175,181 miles in 89 counties. Sixty of the carriers reported seeing no wildlife.

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