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Moose Affected By Global Warming

8-23-16  moose closeIMG_5459It is fairly well known that the Moose population in the Northeast (and elsewhere) has plummeted — New Hampshire has lost more than 40% of their Moose in the last decade, and this trend is occurring throughout northern New England. Global warming is at the heart of this decline. Warm winters have allowed the tick population to soar, and blood loss due to ticks has weakened Moose, making them susceptible to anemia and unable to fight off disease. The negative effect of warmer temperatures doesn’t stop there. Summer heat stress promotes weight loss, a fall in pregnancy rates and increased vulnerability to disease. Excessive warm weather drives Moose to seek shelter, rather than forage for much-needed food. This phenomenon has been described by Moose biologists as “one of the most precipitous non-hunting declines of a major species in the modern era.”

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11 responses

  1. Pam

    I know in Maine , they have a moose lottery for hunting. Is this still necessary?, and ,I hope, we don’t have one in Nh.if the population is this compromised!

    August 23, 2016 at 8:13 am

    • Apparently it is still considered necessary. Maine has between 60,000 and 70,000 moose, and just over 2,100 moose hunting permits (through a lottery).

      August 23, 2016 at 9:27 am

  2. Margaret

    I never go public with my comments, but this is such a poignant, sad story that I have forwarded this post to a bunch of people. I hope you’ll consider doing that as well.

    August 23, 2016 at 8:31 am

  3. Tom Zuba

    First of all it is not Global Warming. It is climate change and it has happened many times in the last few thousand years. Yes I agree that the ticks are a major issue with one of the declines of the moose and many other species. The climate Change is a Cycle that has been going on as I said before for thousands of years. But the tick problem can be changed. It has effected Humans to a point that it has become a crippling very serious epidemic and need to be addressed. the need to start spraying to control and eventually extinguish the insect. I suggest to all people that keep coming up with this Global Warming nonsense get with the program and get it straight.

    August 23, 2016 at 5:33 pm

  4. Ann hargraves

    And legal hunting seasons don’t help

    August 24, 2016 at 6:29 am

  5. I wonder, can they move north to a colder region?

    August 24, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    • Interesting question. I haven’t heard or read anything that would indicate that they do, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they did.

      August 24, 2016 at 9:27 pm

  6. Always love these updates – thanks!

    So ticks and warm winters… Seems odd. Because this summer is reported to be low tick by many i know and it was very warm last winter.

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    August 25, 2016 at 4:21 pm

    • I just heard that the dry weather we’ve had has greatly reduced the black-legged tick population this summer. I don’t know about other species, though. Perhaps the winter tick that moose get isn’t affected?

      August 25, 2016 at 7:52 pm

  7. Thanks for this post. The moose here in the NY Adirondack Mountains have been spared so far from winter tick trouble, and the moose population is gradually rising in NY, unlike the losses in other states. I live in the part of NY that has the highest concentration of moose in the state – the area near Lyon Mountain, Loon Lake, Chazy Lake, towns of Saranac, Black Brook, Franklin, Bellmont, in Clinton and Franklin Counties. I’ve seen many moose scat piles on hikes in Chazy Highlands Wild Forest and Sable Highlands Conservation Easement. This is the only part of the state where I’ve seen moose highway crossing warning signs (on NY Rt 3 between Redford and Bloomingdale.) Latest DEC report says we have as many as 1,000 moose in the state. DEC is requesting moose sighting info. My scat report from 2013:

    August 27, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    • How wonderful to hear such good news regarding the NY moose population. Thanks for the research you’ve done to keep track of this encouraging news.

      August 27, 2016 at 4:44 pm

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