According to Game Fish and Parks Regional Manager John Kanta, the extreme drought has the potential to negatively affect wildlife populations. "We'll have less grasses and forbs which ultimately can lead to poor nutritional condition of these animals," Kanta said. And, poor nutrition can make for a tough winter. "They're not as hardy, don't have as much fat in reserve stored," Kanta continued.
Complicating matters further, A disease carrying fly (midge) that is lethal to deer may live longer as a result of the drought. Their extended life means more time to infect deer. So far this year there have been no documented cases.
According to Kanta some animals, like raccoons and badgers, are more resourceful so they'll likely adapt. For other wildlife populations, the fallout could send a ripple affect to the top of the food chain. "It all depends on how sever the drought is, how mild or severe the winter is," Kanta said.
The outcome could affect the number of hunting licence's issued. As of August 16th there was no wildlife issues documented in relation to the drought.