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Moose enjoy a winter tick-free summer!

The summer months are a 'winter tick-free' period for moose and other host animals. Depending on where they live, they could in theory pick up other species of ticks on the look out for a host right now, but moose are now free of the burden of winter ticks!

Winter ticks will now exist solely as tiny eggs on the ground, waiting to hatch in a few months time. The next generation will start to look for a host (begin "questing") in mid-September.

So for now, it's a good time to be a moose!

Posted on June 03, 2019 18:30 by emilychenery emilychenery | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Help us to map the range of winter ticks!

Winter ticks are blood-feeding parasites that are commonly found on large deer species, such as moose, elk, caribou or deer. In large numbers, these ticks can have negative impacts on wildlife health. As many as 50,000 ticks feeding on a single moose over the winter may cause loss of hair and blood that may prove fatal. The Winter Tick ...more ↓

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