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B.C. Wildlife Health Program needs help keeping an eye on moose

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January 10, 2018 - 4:17 PM

THOMPSON-OKANAGAN- The B.C. Wildlife Health Program is asking for help in monitoring effects of winter ticks on the moose population.

In a press release on Jan. 9, the program asks for observations from wildlife professionals, enthusiasts and the general public to monitor the number of animals with hair loss to estimate how prevalent winter ticks are.

Winter ticks are observed on moose from January through April.

Winter ticks pose no health risks to humans and the tick spends its entire life cycle on a single host.

Participants are asked to report the amount of hair loss on the survey and check the box which most accurately describes the animal. If you are interested in contributing to the survey program you can fill out a survey online or, the electronic survey can be saved and completed on your computer, tablet or mobile device and returned via email to: FLNRMooseTickSurvey@gov.bc.ca

An online survey, downloadable survey forms and background information can be found on the moose winter tick program page at: www.gov.bc.ca/wildlifehealth/mooseticksurvey

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