03 Dec '11, 6pm

Gross. Due to warmer winters, ticks are so numerous, they are killing deer and moose.

Gross. Due to warmer winters, ticks are so numerous, they are killing deer and moose.

Last winter I pointed out anecdotal evidence that warming winters may have something to do with a crashing moose population in northern Minnesota . Moose have a range determined, "in part, by their fitness inside a certain band of seasonal temperatures. When these thermal bands shift upward, individual animals may migrate north and/or the overall moose population may decline. It is the nature of living things. Otherwise we'd have tapirs in Oklahoma and alligators in Maine." Also during the winter of 2010-11, moose and deer in Maine were found dead over large segments of their range, in part (apparently) due to the large burden of blood-sucking ticks carried by dead individuals. I'm talking about hundreds, perhaps thousands of ticks per individual and hundreds of the dead animals encountered by woodsmen, with no evidence of predation or starvation

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/health/Moose-Deer-Loaded-Ticks-...

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