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April & May: a peak time for moose - winter tick hair loss

Let us know if you see any moose with patchy hair!

Winter tick infested moose look their 'patchiest' throughout April and May. This is when the ticks that have been attached to them all winter have finished feeding on their blood and are now dropping to the ground.

There are 5 categories of hair loss, ranging from 1 = no hair loss, through to 5 = very severe (ghost moose). You don't have to be able to label the hair loss class to submit an observation, these categories are to help anyone identify when a 'patchy moose' might be a 'ticky moose'.

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Posted on April 18, 2019 13:33 by emilychenery emilychenery | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Help inform ongoing scientific research and management of winter tick parasite in Yukon by submitting your observations of ticks or their hosts here.

Winter ticks (Dermacentor albipictus) are a relatively new species to Yukon, but common elsewhere in North America. They mainly feed on cervid species: moose, elk, deer and caribou. Winter ticks do not feed on humans or dogs, and ...more ↓

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