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(Vox)   Mind you, parasite bites to moose can be pretty nasty   (vox.com) divider line
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2022-01-29 2:21:07 AM  
Someone warn that fellow from frostbite falls.
 
2022-01-29 3:22:58 AM  
Vox writers get paid by the word.  I don't think I have ever finished a vox article.
 
2022-01-29 3:29:31 AM  
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2022-01-29 3:39:32 AM  
Mmm, moose steaks.
 
2022-01-29 3:47:59 AM  
those responsible for this headline should be sacked
 
2022-01-29 4:57:05 AM  
Møøse trained by TUTTE HERMSGERVORDENBROTBORDA
 
2022-01-29 4:58:05 AM  
We apologise again for the fault in the subby. Those responsible for sacking the people who have just been sacked have been sacked.
 
2022-01-29 6:03:36 AM  

ctighe2353: Vox writers get paid by the word.  I don't think I have ever finished a vox article.


I thought it was decent. Good enough detail about what is happening and who is affected.
 
2022-01-29 6:42:13 AM  
Horsefly bites hurt. Mooseflies make you scream out in pain.
 
2022-01-29 6:59:06 AM  
The problem seems to be that no-one want to reduce the increased, naturally infective whitetail deer numbers.  Those worms kill off other ungulates, including mule deer.  They are the limiting factor for Michigans Lower Peninsula elk herd, just a few left over for human hunters with no predators, in the low-deer pine barrens.
 
2022-01-29 7:51:27 AM  

SwiftFox: The problem seems to be that no-one want to reduce the increased, naturally infective whitetail deer numbers.  Those worms kill off other ungulates, including mule deer.  They are the limiting factor for Michigans Lower Peninsula elk herd, just a few left over for human hunters with no predators, in the low-deer pine barrens.


If people stopped killing off wolves and let them do their job, this kind of thing would be less of an issue.
 
2022-01-29 10:03:34 AM  
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Inconsolable.
 
2022-01-29 10:07:34 AM  

SwiftFox: The problem seems to be that no-one want to reduce the increased, naturally infective whitetail deer numbers.  Those worms kill off other ungulates, including mule deer.  They are the limiting factor for Michigans Lower Peninsula elk herd, just a few left over for human hunters with no predators, in the low-deer pine barrens.


Whitetaile deer are a weed species.  They're prone to depression & then try to jump in front of cars.
I'd rather see elk, moose, & caribou than hundreds of whitetail deer dead & bloated on the shoulder.
 
2022-01-29 10:30:16 AM  

Farkage: SwiftFox: The problem seems to be that no-one want to reduce the increased, naturally infective whitetail deer numbers.  Those worms kill off other ungulates, including mule deer.  They are the limiting factor for Michigans Lower Peninsula elk herd, just a few left over for human hunters with no predators, in the low-deer pine barrens.

If people stopped killing off wolves and let them do their job, this kind of thing would be less of an issue.


It would also help if we could get a handle on global warming.*hollowlaughter*

This is one of the best Vox articles I've seen, btw -- the only other place I've ever seen this information is in an issue of The Raven, Algonquin Provincial Park's magazine.

White-tailed deer have been in North America for at least 3 million years, so they have natural defenses that moose simply don't have (moose came via the Bering land bridge at the end of the last glaciation, maybe 12,000 years ago). When a whitetail is infested with ticks, it has an allergic reaction that keeps the ticks below a certain number. Moose, obviously, don't have this response.

The wolves of Isle Royal specialized in hunting moose, but the ones in Algonquin Park are small and hunt white-tailed deer instead. I'm not sure which species the Minnesota wolves kill more of per year; they might be unintentionally helping the moose as much as harming them, or they might not.
 
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