- Associated Press - Thursday, March 3, 2016

SHERIDAN, Wyo. (AP) - Wildlife officials say a warm winter leading to dry spring and summer could cause problems for Wyoming wildlife.

Wyoming Game and Fish Department Sheridan Region spokesman Bud Stewart tells the Sheridan Press (http://bit.ly/21JNrI4 ) that the mild winter will likely lead to a higher number of offspring surviving, but without much snow in the Sheridan area this winter the spring and summer is likely to have less forage for animals.

According to the University of Wyoming’s Water Resources Data System, the Tongue River basin, which encompasses Sheridan, has snow water levels 64 percent of average.

With that level of snowpack, the U.S. Drought Monitor projects the eastern slope of the Bighorns will experience a short-term drought in the coming months.

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Information from: The Sheridan (Wyo.) Press, http://www.thesheridanpress.com/

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