Drought Makes It Hard on Wild Animals

The drought isn't the only thing affecting one tri-state cash crop.

Besides lack of rain at the Davidson Farms' in central Washington County, the family has had a difficult time keeping out the deer and coyotes from the watermelon patches.

With the ponds drying-up, animals are looking for food and water.

Extension agents are seeing something highly unusual: deer seen eating the peanut grass sprouting from the ground.

"Dry weather at its worst; we are seeing deer and other wild animals eating the vines. With little vegetation left in the wilderness, they are foraging for anything that was green," says Andy Andreasen, a Washington Co. Extension Agent.

Davidson says they may lose some melons. But, they'll still have a large number of good ones grown on irrigated land.


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