Newborn Wildlife Abandoned Due To Heat, Drought

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - The extreme heat and persistent drought seen in much of Texas is taking its toll on wildlife.

State agriculture experts say pregnant does are having problems carrying fawns to term. Fawns have been found born prematurely, but most haven't survived.

Other does are abandoning their newborn fawns because drought-induced malnutrition is robbing the mothers of their ability to produce milk.

Abandoned fawns from all over the Panhandle and South Plains are being found and brought to the South Plains Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal reports ten had been Brought to the Lubbock wildlife center by the end of the week.

The newborns that don't starve are easy prey to such predators as bobcats. Those lucky enough to end up at the wildlife center are fed donated goat's milk.