Nov 12, 2011 1:11 PM by AP Posted by James H Egbert
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Southwestern forests are growing quiet as the season for bugling elk comes to an end. The aspens in the high country and cottonwoods in the valleys are dropping their golden leaves, and snow dusts mountain tops in Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona.
There's no denying it's fall.
But for land managers, hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts, it was a long time coming in some spots.
It seemed to take a few extra weeks for summer to loosen its grip.
The slow change in season in some areas comes on the heels of months of volatile weather. Dust storms enveloped Arizona, drought paralyzed Texas and New Mexico and above-normal temperatures plagued most of the U.S.
Experts are pointing to a combination of those sweltering temperatures, drought and pests for some of the changes seen this fall.
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