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Baton Rouge swamp fighting drought

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Posted: May 26, 2011 5:30 PM by Rob Krieger
Updated: May 26, 2011 5:30 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Swamp, BREC, Bluebonnet Swamp, Drought, Water, Animals

BATON ROUGE- BREC's Bluebonnet Swamp is fighting drought as Louisiana faces one of its driest years in recent memory. The swamp is home to several species, but some are leaving the relative protection of the swamp to search for water.

"The swamp itself is pretty much bone dry and what was mud and water at the bottom is cracked clay and sediments right now," said John Hartgerink, a volunteer at the swamp center.

Hartgerink is attempting to monitor the drinking habits of creatures in the swamp by placing critter cameras near carefully placed watering holes.

"They've gotta find water and they've gotta find food and it's harder when there's no rain doing it," said Hartgerink.

The swamp has already seen some animals, like deer and coyotes, leave for moister pastures.

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