Conservationists: Birds Point Levee breach hurt animals

Friday, August 26, 2011 | 7:58 a.m. CDT; updated 10:48 a.m. CDT, Friday, August 26, 2011

SIKESTON — The sudden flood following the Army Corps of Engineers' intentional breach of southeast Missouri's Birds Point levee has taken a toll on farmers and landowners. Conservationists now say plenty of animals have been affected as well.

The Southeast Missourian reported the flooding of 130,000 acres along the Mississippi River in May led to a loss of wildlife in the area because of the sudden rise in water. Animals that made it to higher ground were faced with a limited food supply — so much so that conservation agents set aside their policy of not feeding wildlife.

Now that the water is receding, conservationists report seeing signs of habitat recovery, which is key to a rebound in the population of rabbits, deer, turkeys and other wildlife.


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