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    I read this on CBC news this morning and thought it was worth sharing:

    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-b...oose-1.5452694

    I canít help but think that if moose ticks thrive so well due to an increase of climate change, what happens when they donít target moose anymore? Can they make the jump to cattle? What will that do to the industry?

    Iím glad to see that they are doing some studies and applying a pesticide but what kind of affects will it have on the moose? And itís ability to be harvested and consumed by humans?

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    Moose Ticks , are not anything new, we have had them on moose way back in the late 60,s .

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    I wonder if they are more severe with milder weather.

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    Thanx for posting this Birdbuff.
    This seems to be another-lets make "news"to fulfill required quota on CBC.
    While ticks are a clear and present danger,there is a lot of speculations why it is more of them(is it? -we do not know for sure).With today's media coverage on "everything"newsworthy which can make the reporting person become a celebrity or famous,hard to tell.
    There was few years back in the ODD a great and reasonable study about moose threats-from ticks,thru weather change thru brain worm.That article was way more realistic and less sensationalist.So to say.
    One topic remains in my mind clearly-they argued that if the weather warming is so bad on the moose,why moose expands south around Algonquin park and the area,where the weather is the "mildest"in Ontario moose range..........good question.

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    One moose that I had to dispatch because it was tangled in a page wire fence off hwy 69 was so covered in ticks that it had rubbed 40 to 50 percent of its hair off. That was 40 years ago so, like other old timers on the site have said, ticks are not new and have more to do with the climate of the day.

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    I suspect if ticks jump to cattle they'll come up with some type of treatment. Back in my youth on the farm there was a treatment we used on cattle to ward off warble flies, so I imagine they'll find something to tackle ticks if they start to tackle livestock. I watch a production a couple years back on moose and ticks. I recall the sorry part in the production where they sent a wildlife officer out to put down a moose someone reported as being badly effect. The guy was about to shoot the moose, that was lying up against some bush, when he realized it was already down and dead. They had a name for badly effect moose, they referred by the term "ghost moose" or something like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gun Nut View Post
    I suspect if ticks jump to cattle they'll come up with some type of treatment. Back in my youth on the farm there was a treatment we used on cattle to ward off warble flies, so I imagine they'll find something to tackle ticks if they start to tackle livestock.
    They use pesticide impregnated ear tags to ward off flies and lice now ....not sure if they have ones that will also stops ticks. Good question though. I'll have to ask my neighbour, he has dairy cows.
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    This young bull made the winter a few years ago. This pic was taken in June, the bugs must have ate him alive. Got pics of him late August, Full coat and good shape.

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