Report: Climate change affects region's wildlife
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A new report says climate change is having an effect on wildlife and ocean species in New England.
The National Wildlife Federation’s report, ‘‘Wildlife in a Warming World,’’ gives a national overview of how climate change is affecting the animal world.
During a teleconference call Tuesday, scientists and others said warming temperatures have caused New Hampshire’s moose population to decline because of increasing tick populations, and put the Gulf of Maine lobster population at risk. They said bears aren’t hibernating as long each year, clam-eating green crabs are proliferating and fish are moving north in search of cooler waters.
National Wildlife Federation scientist Amanda Staudt, one of the report’s authors, said climate change is the single-biggest threat to wildlife.