BILLINGS, MONT. (AP) _ Fish and fishers alike are now feeling the heat.
A new report says rivers and streams across the west are getting hotter and drier making it increasingly difficult for trout to feed and spawn. The report says global warming is shrinking their cold–water habitat, threatening the survival of trout and the billion dollar recreational fishing industry in Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah.
The report, ``Trout In Trouble: The Impacts Of Global Warming On Trout In The Interior West'' was produced by the natural resources Defense council and Montana Trout Unlimited.
Loss of habitat means fewer opportunities for anglers to enjoy sport fishing, and could cause economic losses for those who depend on the fishing, recreation and tourism industries. In Montana, fishing generates an estimated $300 million annually.