Facing a Rough Rockies Winter

Water and wildlife worries

"This winter," says Doug Crowe, a Wyoming wildlife official, "started out like a bear cat."

For the moment the growl is gone: the Rocky Mountain states are having a respite from the terrible extremes of cold and snow. But with their day-to-day challenges of survival eased, people now have time to fret—about wildlife and water. From Denver to Boise, Idaho, herds of antelope, deer and elk are wandering out of the deep back-country snow dazed and starving. The snowfall, three or four times as great as normal, makes Rockies residents...

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