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New study shows 10% increase in BC moose ticks

Findings from a moose tick study that ran from January to April of this year was released today suggesting infestation is widespread.

More than 60% of moose in a province-wide study showed signs of hair loss associated with a potentially deadly tick infestation. That’s up 10% from last year.

Mike Bridger, Regional Biologist for the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations says this won’t have any affect on the upcoming hunting season.

“There’s no issues with ticks having any implications on the quality of the meat. We don’t believe they carry any diseases that may affect humans and generally they don’t attach to humans as it’s not their preferred host for the tick”.

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The study incorporates field observations from wildlife professionals, forestry and environmental consultants, members of First Nations and the general public.

Written with files from Pat Matthews in the newsroom.

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