April & May: a peak time for moose - winter tick hair loss

Let us know if you see any moose with patchy hair!

Winter tick infested moose look their 'patchiest' throughout April and May. This is when the ticks that have been attached to them all winter have finished feeding on their blood and are now dropping to the ground.

There are 5 categories of hair loss, ranging from 1 = no hair loss, through to 5 = very severe (ghost moose). You don't have to be able to label the hair loss class to submit an observation, these categories are to help anyone identify when a 'patchy moose' might be a 'ticky moose'.

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Posted on April 18, 2019 13:23 by emilychenery emilychenery | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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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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