After California’s 3rd-largest wildfire, deer returned home while trees were ‘still smoldering’

October 28, 2021 6:36 pm

Source: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/10/211028143641.htm

While many animals have adapted to live with wildfires of the past — which were smaller, more frequent and kept ecosystems in balance across the West — it's unclear to scientists how animals are coping with today's unprecedented megafires. A team of researchers tracked a population of black-tailed deer before, during and after the 2018 Mendocino Complex Fire and found that most of the deer returned home within hours of the fire, while trees were still smoldering.

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