That’s according to a study by researchers at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Umeå who have looked at the sensitive months of May and June when newborn elk calves are dependent on suckling.
Researcher Fredrik Widemo says years with many hot days in May and too little rain in June have resulted in calves weighing less than normal with the result that more of them are dying, particularly in the regions of Svealand and Götaland.
Related stories from around the North:
Greenland/Denmark: Greenland and Denmark finalize cooperation agreement on marine pollution response, Eye on the Arctic
Finland: Miners hunting for metals to battery cars threaten Finland’s Sámi reindeer herders’ homeland, The INdependent Barents Observer
Norway: In Arctic Norway, seabirds build nests out of plastic waste, The Independent Barents Observer
Sweden: Sweden’s wolf numbers slide, illegal hunting blamed, Radio Sweden
United States: Trump Administration approves oil, gas leasing plan for Alaska Wildlife refuge, The Associated Press