In a vast section of the Maine Wilderness there were one hundred and forty-two (142) moose found dead according to a recent article in the Bangor Daily News (December 2, 2011). These apparently healthy moose are found dead covered with ticks which points to the astronomical increase in tick population, and fuels the raging epidemic of Lyme disease and other potentially fatal tick born diseases. (Article link at end of post)
The moose were unmarked and dead for no apparent reason other than the fact that they were completely covered in ticks. Their natural predators will not eat the moose in this condition,but the ticks will. The ticks fill their bellies and hop off to breed more – up to three thousand youngsters each.
Do the math.
It isn’t just the moose in trouble.
This alarming news travels fast in a state that depends greatly on tourists and hunters who bring revenue into the state when they venture north to view the beautiful Maine wilderness and hunt in the vast forests. And with Lyme and other tick borne diseases spreading like wildfire, people are hesitating to risk the exposure.
Is an enjoyable week-end worth the very real possibility of ending up as a tragic statistic – out of work and painful suffering for who knows how many years?
In New England the epidemic is common knowledge, even in Maine there are very few people who don’t know someone stricken with the disease.
I won’t be surprised to see legislation asking for pesticide drops to push back the dangerous infestation (as hinted in the article.)
When it was just humans suffering with tick born diseases we were told that we were crazy. Now that the moose are endangered something must be done.