Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: Massachusetts
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

Massachusetts Project

Effects of habitat, density, and climate on moose and winter tick ecology in the northeast US

September 2021 - August 2024


Participating Agencies

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Moose (Alces alces) populations in the northeastern US have declined by over 50% in the past 15 years. Winter tick (Dermacentor albipictus) infestations are a major driver of moose population trends, negatively affecting both survival and reproduction. We will partner with cooperators in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, and Vermont to measure winter tick and moose distribution and abundance on a large camera trapping array. We will use our data to evaluate moose-tick dynamics across the full distribution of moose in New England. In doing so we can examine the relative importance of climate, habitat, and moose density in driving damaging epizootic conditions.