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.