Drought Could Mean More Wildlife In Your Lawn

By Mark Carlson, Reporter

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IOWA CITY, Iowa - Don't be surprised if the hot dry weather isn't the only thing eating away at your lawn or garden. Officials with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources said the drought is driving animals away from wilting fields and towards nicely landscaped lawns and gardens.

"[Animals] are drawn toward where they can eat," said DNR wildlife biologist Tim Thompson. "They might be a little less fearful when it gets dry."

Thompson said deer will often be drawn towards fruit trees or gardens, while geese will seek green grass. "Their food supply is getting [brown] and they're looking for moisture," he said. "Green grass that's being taken care of [is appealing]."

Meteorologist have measured just 0.11 of an inch of rain in Iowa City since July 26. Johnson County is under a severe drought according to the latest drought monitor.

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