A new poll shows that the Midwest is warming up to some of the most important food crops of the day.
In a new poll conducted by the National Audubon Society, more than 70% of poll respondents say that some animals are seeing a dramatic rise in their populations, and some of these animals are doing great things.
According to the poll, which was conducted online in March and April, 71% of the respondents think that there is more habitat available for animals to live, compared to 63% in 2014.
In the Midwest, deer, elk, bison, moose and bighorn sheep have all seen a significant increase in numbers.
According a release from the National Wildlife Federation, some of this change can be attributed to an abundance of deer, but there is also a link to warmer winters and more snowfall.
“These changes are particularly noticeable in the northern half of the state, where snowpacks are typically in the 50s and low 60s,” said Jeff Friesen, the executive director of the National Wildfowl Federation.
“In some areas, including southern Illinois, there has been an uptick in snowfall in recent years, which has also resulted in deer population increases.
The increase in deer populations in some areas of the Midwest has been attributed to a variety of factors, including higher than normal temperatures and the loss of the snowpack that is a part of the winter cycle.”
The poll also found that deer and elk populations are on the rise in Iowa, which is a state that has seen record deer population growth in recent decades.
“The population of deer in Iowa has increased by more than 50% since 1980, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources,” said Frieson.
“In addition, more people are moving to the state to graze and hunt elk.”
The Prairie Pecos, an area of northern Wisconsin, has seen a steady rise in population, with a rise of more than 80% over the last few years.
“While this is still the case, many of the Prairie Pechos, including the Big Bend and the Upper Peninsula, have experienced population increases, which means that they have more opportunities to compete with livestock and to gain habitat,” said Mike Zalewski, the director of marketing and communications for the Prairie Prairie Peca.
“The Big Bend is one of the largest in the country, with over 500,000 acres of cattle grazing and more than 600,000 people in the area.”
According to a release by the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association, there are many reasons why some animals in the state are having such a dramatic impact.
“One of the biggest contributors is the drought in Iowa and the drought has had a devastating effect on many species, particularly deer,” said David McNeill, president of the Iowa Livestock Council.
“With a decrease in the snowfall, deer populations have been affected by heat, and with the recent drought, there have been a number of deer killed by hunters, which can be devastating for a population.”
According a statement from the Iowa Wildlife Federation: “The majority of Iowa’s deer, bighorns and moose populations have seen their numbers decline over the past decade.
It is important to understand that deer populations are recovering in the wake of the drought, and there are still some species that can thrive in a changing climate.
However, it is critical to remember that these animals require a healthy diet of grasses and wildflowers, and that there are certain foods that they are not eating and need to be properly managed.”
For more information on the poll results, click here.