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Ghost-like Moose Prove Ticks Suck

(Photo: Idaho Fish & Game Department)

The graying look of moose you might see in the field this spring isn’t the result of old age. It’s likely the work of blood-sucking ticks. The Coeur d’Alene office of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game has received several calls recently from wildlife watchers concerned about odd-looking moose around towns as well as in wild places. “The moose appear to be partially white, or, as one caller described, ‘ghost-like’ in appearance,” said Phil Cooper, department conservation educator. “Moose can experience tick infestations that start in mid-September but the problem is not clearly visible to people until late in the following winter. The ticks are called “moose ticks” or “winter ticks.” They are not attracted to humans/Rich Landers, SR. More here.

Question: Have you seen any ghost-like moose this winter-spring?


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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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