Media report Lichtenwalner a co-author in study on moose, winter ticks

Foster’s Daily Democrat reported on the results of a new study on moose and winter ticks. The research team, led by scientists at the University of New Hampshire, included Anne Lichtenwalner, an associate professor of animal and veterinary sciences, Extension veterinarian and director of the Animal Health Laboratory at the University of Maine. Winter ticks attach to moose in the fall and remain throughout the winter, and in high numbers can cause anemia and emaciation in moose from severe blood loss. Winter ticks also seem to negatively affect reproductive health of moose, the article states. Changing climate in recent years has resulted in a population increase for winter ticks, and this increase has been the primary cause of a 70 percent death rate of moose calves over a three-year period, according to the study. EurekAlert, Concord Monitor and Valley News published a UNH release about the study.