Un-Bear-able Winter due to El Nino
Can tropical moisture affect alpine bears? El Nino’s effects remain long after it’s gone and not just in coastal areas. The Sierra Nevada mountains separating California and Nevada will see a more severe winter in 2016 and it’s affecting wildlife.
According to the Nevada Department of Wildlife there were far less bears seen in the mountains this year. In fact, only 5 bears were reported struck by cars in 2016 compared to 19 in 2015 and 18 in 2014.
NDOW has only handled 48 bears this year compared to 114 last year and 140 the year before. And while the year isn’t over yet the numbers are much lower.
NDOW spokesman Chris Healy said they anticipate seeing more bears this Fall because there will be more domestic fruit available in backyards and the bears are ramping up their feeding in preparation for the severe winter.
For WeatherNation: Ashleigh Costanza