Moose Swims His Escape From Wildfires
A 700 pound male moose swam across the Horsetooth Reservoir that separates the mountains from Fort Collins, Colorado, as he fled wildfires--only to meet highly populated areas and warmer temperatures in the lower elevation city.
The moose was one of many spotted far from their usual cool habitat in Colorado mountains, searching for shade, food and water.
Climate change is literally fueling the fires in Western wildlife habitats -- increasing the frequency of intense drought, intensifying heat waves, and leaving swaths of dead trees killed by invasive pine bark beetles that thrive from the recent warm winters.
Meteorologists are confirming that the extreme heat and drought the nation is experiencing this summer would not be happening if not for the effects of climate change.
Help protect moose and fight further damage to their habitat-urge your elected officials to reduce carbon pollution now.
Moose is one of many species harmed by the Western wildfires, including sage grouse, mule deer, pronghorn, trout, and newly hatched birds. Learn more about how global warming is increasing the risk of wildfires in wildlife habitat at the National Wildlife Federation's webpage on Global Warming and Wildfires.