Wet July threatening Everglades wildlife
CREATED Aug. 4, 2013
MIAMI (AP) - The heavy rains that saturated South Florida have some conservationists concerned with the wildlife in the Everglades.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation commissioner Ron Bergeron is keeping a close eye as the water rises around tree islands and levees, forcing wildlife such as deer and panthers to cluster together on high ground.
Bergeron says animals can quickly run out of food and shelter. He tells the Miami Herald (http://hrld.us/16sShhj ) that he fears there may be a repeat of what he calls the "massacre" of the mid-1990s when high water wiped out a majority of the deer herd and other animals.
He's calling for state and federal agencies to begin lowering water levels in the conservation area.
Water managers say July's soaking capped the wettest start to the season since 1968.