Rising seas, drought, famine, mass extinctions – the environmental and economic disasters that a consensus of scientists has predicted to occur by the end of the century as a result of climate change are well known. Scientists, however, are only just beginning to understand what climate change will mean to North America’s wildlife and to the sports of hunting and fishing.

As carbon dioxide in the atmosphere rises and the earth warms as scientists expect, in a matter of decades western states such as Wyoming will see their fish populations decline and will lose entire forest ecosystems that were once teeming with wild game, said University of Wyoming botany professor Steve Jackson.

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