New Photos Reveal Terrible Depth of Texas Drought
In Texas, there’s no avoiding this year’s record drought. Trees, parched of water, are dying. Fires are springing up in areas used to moist, almost swampy, conditions. Without enough grass to eat, even the longhorns are growing scrawny, their ribs showing through their hides.
About 85 percent of Texas is in the highest level of drought possible, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.
Pictured above: (Left) The carcass of a cow that became mired in the mud in a dry stock tank in Knox County, Texas during the summer drought. and (Right) A scrawny Longhorn in Big Bend Ranch State Park, West Texas. Lower-than-usual levels of vegetation have left both livestock and wildlife struggling to find food.
Credit: Texas Parks and Wildlife