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Warming weather means more ticks infecting moose — could we develop drones to spray insecticides on moose to reduce tick populations? via /r/environmental_science

Warming weather means more ticks infecting moose — could we develop drones to spray insecticides on moose to reduce tick populations?

NY Times article excerpts:

The biggest number of winter ticks that Peter J. Pekins ever found on a moose was about 100,000. But that moose calf was already dead, most likely the victim of anemia, which develops when that many ticks drain a moose’s blood.

The moose-tracking exploits of Dr. Pekins and his colleagues were published last month in the Canadian Journal of Zoology. They argued that three consecutive years of tick outbreaks “arguably reflects a host-parasite relationship strongly influenced by climate change at the southern fringe of moose habitat.”

Moose ticks

Moose are pretty large animals. Using drones to spot moose and then fly down to spray tick-killing pesticides on their backs might be another way that drones can help our natural environment.

Submitted October 22, 2018 at 03:57PM by GullibleAntelope
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