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When snowpack shrinks, elk can binge on aspen

Grazers eat more young saplings, may harm vulnerable trees

9:18am, October 7, 2011

One of the Rube Goldberg effects of climate change — a dwindling winter snowpack that changes elk grazing habits — might end up as a major menace to the iconic aspen trees of the Rocky Mountains.

As the climate changes, winter snow isn’t building up as deeply and densely as it used to, explains ecologist Jedediah Brodie, now a Fulbright scholar working in Borneo. To study the winter dining h

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