UNH study shows that ticks are killing off more moose calves than ever before

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BANGOR, Maine (WABI) - Researchers say ticks are killing moose at an alarming rate.

A study by the University of New Hampshire indicates areas like western Maine are seeing an unusual continued increase in winter ticks.

They say the parasite is the primary cause of an unprecedented 70% death rate of moose calves over a three year period.

According to the research, ticks are also harming the reproductive health of moose, so there is also less breeding.