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Province wants help counting moose ticks

Province wants help counting moose ticks

The public is once again being asked to help wildlife biologists determine the severity of the moose winter tick infestation.

The Moose Winter Tick Surveillance Program monitors how many animals are losing hair and how much hair, to estimate winter tick prevalence and distribution.

Mike Bridger is a wildlife biologist with the province, and says winter ticks can have a big impact on moose numbers.

He says a severely infested moose can have up to 100,000 ticks.

Bridger adds biologist want to see if there are any trends to the infestations, particularly as climate change begins to make an impact.

The survey can be downloaded from the province of BC website by searching for moose winter tick.

The survey is active until the end of April.

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