RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- December was dry and so far, it's not looking good for January. The concern is towards the future, as the Great Basin is looking at the potential of yet another year of drought.
Officials with the Nevada Department of Wildlife say the lack of winter weather will impact wildlife populations, from the fish in our waters, to birds and even large game animals. Chris Healy says when the habitat is in bad condition, it can decrease the amount of natural food source. This is when residents expect to have issues with coyotes and bears.
"If this continues and we have another dry year, if you think we've seen a lot of black bears, wait until next year," Healy said. "There won't be many natural food sources to consume and that's when they could key in on humans as a source of food."
Experts with the National Weather Service in Reno say 2013 was one of the driest calendar years in the last 120 years for Northern Nevada.