For today’s post, I’m going to be talking about the Maine State Animal (which will be discussed shortly) as well as connecting with some outside sources for the content we’ll be covering. The Maine State Animal is recognized as the Moose, which is supported by the information I found on the USA State Symbol Website. The list that Maine designated the moose as the official state animal in 1979. These great animals have roamed the Maine wilderness for many years and this should always remain true. In recent years, we’ve seen a drop in the Moose population as things such as Global Warming/ Over-Hunting have taken place.
The Moose is a really interesting creature as it’s features seem almost prehistoric. They stand to be over six-eight feet tall as well as hosting some of the largest antlers in the animal kingdom. The Moose is a very docile creature and is quite solitary in its lifestyle. The Moose population has certainly taken some dramatic hits as well as being affected by a lot of outside harm.
One harm that’s given rise to the Moose population is the recent overabundance of ticks that’s been sighted within Maine/Northern New England. It has dramatically affected the Moose population and the spread of these ticks has become rampant. In the Bangor Daily News, they cite how, “Moose’s calves are dying at unprecedented levels in parts of New England, mostly because of the hordes of winter ticks — as many as 90,000 on one animal — that latch onto their bodies and drain their blood” (Created by The Associated Press, 2018).
In fact, some photos have been released of larger Moose being absolutely covered with these ticks. These ticks impact Moose health severely, as well as the health of the younger Moose. Another article produced by News Center Maine repeats the information on how “60-90,000 ticks are found on these massive animals” and that “each one drains a milli-liter of blood” (Link to Full Article can be found here). Which ends up being some staggering numbers when compared to the number of ticks being found.
It’s not just the Moose population that’s being affected by these ticks but our fellow man is also being affected. My father suffers from Lime Disease that he himself received some years ago. With the number of ticks going up, the number of cases we see of people getting lime disease has only increased.