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The effect of climate change on wildlife and their habitat looms as “the conservation challenge of our generation,” an official with a national wildlife group said Tuesday.

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Climate change is affecting species from the Arctic north to the deserts of the Southwest, said Jamie Rappaport Clark, executive vice president of Defenders of Wildlife.

“Climate change is affecting many of those species that are in the southern Rockies and in the desert environment where you see serious compromise of water, not only quality but quantity,” Clark said.

A four-day Defenders of Wildlife conference that runs through Wednesday in Denver is looking at the effect of environmental changes on wolves and other carnivores.

“I think all of us that are working in conservation see this as the conservation challenge of our generation, our time, frankly,” said Clark, who headed the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for four years during the Clinton administration.

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