RAINS PROVIDE RELIEF FOR SOUTHERN NEVADA’S WILDLIFE
Recent rains that have
fallen in southern Nevada have provided welcome relief for the state’s
wildlife by improving habitat conditions and filling water developments that
have been placed throughout the desert for birds and bighorn sheep.
Shepard said that
water developments, often called guzzlers, have been placed throughout the
state by NDOW and sportsman’s groups to provide year round sources of water
for wildlife. Guzzlers capture rainwater and funnel it to holding tanks
where it can be accessed by bighorn sheep, quail, lizards and other
“Right now the habitat conditions are good. The grasses that didn’t grow in late spring and summer are now coming up,” said Shepard.
He said that upland game bird hunters should see the improved conditions when they are in the field for the opening of quail and chukar hunting seasons on Oct. 11. They will also find more game birds than last year as a result of fairly good breeding success this year.
biologists and volunteers will be working during the fall and winter months
to inspect and maintain big and small game water developments. There are
more than 350 such developments found in Clark, Lincoln and southern Nye
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