PORTLAND, Maine — Wildlife biologists in Maine say it could take up to four years for the state’s wild brook trout population to fully recover from last year’s drought.
The Portland Press Herald reports the most affected areas were ponds and streams in central and southern Maine, the result of extreme drought conditions in nearly all of York and Cumberland counties.
The U.S. Drought Monitor says more than 7 feet of snow this winter has ended Maine’s drought conditions in all but the southern tip of York County.
Biologists say some streams and brooks dried up and low water prevented fish from moving to colder habitat. The low water also made the fish more liable to be eaten by predators such as mink and otter.