Biologist: State Could See Fewer Ducks if Global Temps Rise

JANUARY 10, 2006 - Posted at 4:24 p.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - A wildlife biologist speaking in Little Rock today says global warming could reduce the number of ducks in Arkansas.

David Naugle from the University of Montana says that if global temperatures rise, the amount of prime duck habitat in the Midwest and southern Canada would decrease.

That would mean fewer ducks would fly south and be available for hunters in Arkansas.  Duck hunting is an important business in eastern Arkansas.

Naugle was brought to Little Rock by the Natural State Coalition, a new organization that advocates the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions to combat climate change.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)