The Effects of Climate Change on Hunting

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The Effects of Climate Change on Hunting

It's getting so hot my gun is melting!

The Effects of Climate Change on Hunting

Hunters and anglers need to act swiftly to protect our hunting and fishing heritage. We must cut the carbon pollution that currently is on track to cause significant warming by mid-century

Climate change is already having significant impacts on fish and game animals and their habitats. Hunters and anglers are on the front lines of climate change, as many sportsmen and women are already seeing the effects of climate change on their hunting and fishing opportunities, and are very concerned about what climate change means to the future of our sports. How we address the challenges of global climate change now will dictate the sporting opportunities for future generations. Climate change poses an immediate and specific threat to hunting and fishing in America, challenging the traditions and values of sportsmen, their respect for the land, and the legacy they leave to future generations.

The effects of climate change can be seen from a situation in the attachment shown in Minnesota where animals are retreating north to cool down.

Climate Impacts on Wildlife and Habitats Many of America’s iconic game species face the risks of climate change, such as the northern bobwhite, brook trout, pintail, moose, sage grouse, lesser scaup, and many more. The dangers include:•Increased incidence of extreme weather events including drought, flooding, warming winters and catastrophic fires that drastically alter and destroy habitat. •Sea level rise of up to two feet, threatening people in heavily-populated coastal communities and wildlife-rich coastal habitats, such as the Chesapeake Bay, Coastal Florida and the Pacific Northwest. •Major declines and extinctions in coldwater fish such as trout and salmon as water temperatures rise •Substantial declines in estuaries and wetlands •Changes in habitat, food sources and migration patterns for America’s waterfowl, particularly in the prairie pothole region.

Climate change affects more than temperature. Impacts include shifts in rainfall and storm patterns, catastrophic wildfires, and water shortages, as well as rising sea levels, loss of sea ice, ocean acidification, and coastal flooding and erosion. These changes are already having significant effects on fish, wildlife and plants here in the United States, necessitating new resource management approaches for climate adaptation.

Its been so hot nowadays that I've had to move up north where it is colder!

Other reports show that migratory birds aren't migrating in the same amount as they were before it became hotter


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