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Survey to look for winter tick infested moose

The province’s Wildlife Health Program wants your help.

The public is being asked to fill an online survey for the Moose Winter Tick Surveillance Program.

The pilot project will determine the level of winter tick infestation among the province’s moose population.

Winter ticks are parasites that feed off the moose’s blood. An infested moose can have tens of thousands of ticks.

Infected moose will spend less time foraging for food, and more time scratching and grooming. This can have an impact on their survival rate.

The amount of fur loss on a moose is a rough indicator of how badly infected the animal is.

Most infestations can be seen on moose from February to April.

The survey ends on April 30.

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