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Winter ticks negatively impact NH moose population

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Photo Courtesy U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

April 1, 2013   CONCORD, N.H. - New Hampshire's moose population is declining, especially in the White Mountains and the central region, according the head of the state's Moose Project, Kristine Rines. Shorter and warmer winters, linked to global climate change, are being blamed. 

In late winter, ticks feed on the blood supply of host moose. In April, they begin to fall off, and if there is snow on the ground this month, they will die. However, shorter winters have boosted the winter tick population, and that is killing off moose at an alarming rate, as well as lowering cow weights. Read more here


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