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Old 02-22-2018, 12:40 PM   #4
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Default Moose population down

When I read in the paper 2 years ago that the population of Moose in NH/VT/ME was down by about 48% I was totally thunderstruck by the number. So, I called Don Miller, one of the senior biologists (now retired) at NH Fish & Game (and one of our judges for the Rotary Ice Fishing Derby). Don told me that the population has indeed been decimated by ticks. Moose, unlike deer, do not rub themselves against bushes and trees to remove the ticks. The ticks get onto the juvenile moose - and they become so anemic they die. The deer population is down in many areas, but not by these huge numbers. The adult moose can survive the tick onslaught: but the youngsters cannot.
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