Wildlife managers assessing fire impacts

“For a second consecutive year, state wildlife managers are scrambling to assess the damage caused by massive wildfires that scorched four state wildlife areas in north central Washington, including the Methow Valley.

“Since mid-August, this year’s record-setting wildfires in Okanogan County have burned more than 505,000 acres, destroyed about 200 residences, and killed three firefighters.

“As of early this week the largest fires included the Tunk Block Fire, burning 10 miles northeast of Omak and listed at 167,840 acres and 79 percent contained; the North Star Fire, 25 miles north of Coulee Dam, which had consumed 215,406 acres and was 47 percent contained; and the Okanogan Complex Fire, west of Omak and Okanogan,Featured Image — 10312which was 133,142 acres and 85 percent contained. The Twisp River Fire, fully contained, burned 11,211 acres in August.”  Sourced through Scoop.it from: exposingthebiggame.wordpress.com

GR: After a fire, we should give deer and other wildlife access to nearby crops if they can use them.  Killing off animals that try to find food on lands we converted to farms is not ethical.  We must begin to conserve our dwindling wildlife populations and the ecosystems they inhabit.

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