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Ticks wreaking havoc on moose. Are deer next?

Images from one of Joe Martino’s trail cameras prominently show a number of ticks on the head of a doe. Some reason that the mild winters we’ve experienced in the Midwest over the past several years has not been enough to kill off all of the ticks. These tiny creatures are wreaking havoc on moose in the Northeast U.S. Could deer be next? (Photos courtesy Joe Martino)

Ticks suck. I don’t mean just literally, but in other ways, too.
In addition to being the carriers of more than 16 viruses, including Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, which can wreck your life as you know it, they also pose a serious threat to the health and numbers of our deer herd.
Some theorize recent mild winters have not been harsh enough to kill the ticks left over from the year before, increasing their numbers to sometimes alarming proportions.

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