Kansas lakes, wildlife not out of woods on drought

Cheney Reservoir Drought

TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) — Despite cooler temperatures and more frequent rains, Kansas wildlife and health officials say it’s too early to tell if the more favorable weather conditions will translate into a better spring and summer for state lakes and wildlife populations after years of severe drought.

The impact has stressed Kansas wildlife while reducing recreational opportunities through frequently high levels of blue-green algae at lakes and reservoirs.

Wildlife officials say the drought conditions created a two-year spike in the number of cases of hemorrhagic disease cases in deer spread by biting midges. More than 1,200 cases were reported in 2012.

Recent rains are helping lakes, particularly in the eastern counties, return to normal levels. Those lakes that are dry or nearly dry will take two years to refill and restock with fish

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