The Deadly California Drought

Category: Nature


Photo and caption by David McNew

An endangered desert bighorn ewe of the Peninsular mountain ranges slowly dies after drinking at at nearly dry tenaja, or natural rain water basin, on August 15, 2014 in the badlands of southern California. The important water source has never dried in recent history prior to the start of California’s current historic drought. After drinking from the last remaining inches of water, the ewe became too weak to jump from the tenaja and fell over, remaining alive but nearly motionless except for its eyes and ears for the next 24 hours till succumbing to death. The cause of death was determined.

Location: The Santa Rosa Mountains of Southern California.


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