Colorado

Feb 8, 2010 10:00 AM by Associated Press

Conservationist: Colorado sees climate change effects

The head of one of the country's largest conservation groups is warning that Colorado is in the "bull's eye of climate change" and says the state's hunters and anglers are seeing firsthand the effects of warmer temperatures.

National Wildlife Federation President Larry Schweiger says the bark beetle infestation that has killed about 3 million pine trees in Colorado is the result of climate change. Biologists say the insects have proliferated without stretches of subzero weather to kill them.

Schweiger says hunters and anglers see the effects of climate change as higher temperatures threaten cold-water fish like trout and vegetation that wildlife depend on. He is visiting states including Colorado to build support for a bill in the U.S. Senate that would cut greenhouse gas emissions.

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