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    Moose Deaths Concern Scientists

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    An ongoing trend of declining Moose populations across North America has left scientists stumped as to why so many moose continue to die every year.

    An ongoing trend of declining Moose populations across North America has left scientists stumped as to why so many moose continue to die every year.

    In Minnesota, a once-thriving population has been almost completely wiped out over the last 20 years.

    Higher than usual death rates have also been reported in Montana, New Hampshire, and British Columbia.

    The specific causes vary from area to area, but the most common thread among them tends to be climate change.

    Warmer and longer fall seasons have led to a significant rise in bugs detrimental to moose’s health.

    In New Hampshire many have perished from the effects of parasitic ticks.

    Beetles in British Columbia have destroyed much of the forests inhabited by the moose, leaving the animals vulnerable to predators.

    Brain worms and liver flukes are reportedly out in droves in Minnesota.

    In addition to being concerned about the survival of the animals themselves, many ecologists are worried about the wildlife their existence supports.

    Area economies are vulnerable to taking a large hit as well. In New Hampshire alone, sightseeing tours featuring moose in their natural habitats generate over 115 million dollars in revenue annually.