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Snow Burying Plains Bad News for Quail

Ed Dentry:RockyMountainNews.com
Life is hard out there in the sand sage. It’s even harder when you weigh 6 ounces, the snowdrifts can bury standing cows and the only food for miles is you.

When Gov. Bill Owens surveyed blizzard-ravaged southeastern Colorado from a State Patrol airplane Sunday, he saw “just a sea of white.” Highways had been erased, human traffic frozen in memory.

Most folks are warm, hunkered down and still waiting to be dug out. But there will be no rescue for wildlife, including what before the fierce storm Friday and Saturday was a rare abundance of scaled quail.

“I’m singing the blues as far as the quail are concerned,” said Jonathan Wright, district wildlife manager in Springfield. “I’m rather worried for them.”

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