How Megafires are Reshaping British Columbia’s Wildlife Habitat

Giant ‘megafires’ in British Columbia are altering the landscape, impacting wildlife, and increasing stress levels in mule deer, according to research by Shaun Freeman of the Skeetchestn Indian Band. 

Elevated cortisol levels found in deer pellets indicate the stress caused by wildfires, affecting their nutrition and reproductive abilities. 

Wildfires have transformed deer habitats, shifting from old-growth conifers to summer foraging grounds. Researchers emphasize the need for people to avoid burned areas to minimize stressors. 

While the long-term effects of wildfires on wildlife remain uncertain, experts suggest managing the impacts and replanting diverse deciduous trees to promote ecosystem health and biodiversity.
Source: CBC

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