Visible signs of the winter tick have been seen in British Columbia’s north.
While the parasite poses no threat to humans, it could be deadly to moose. Some of the symptoms include hair loss, skin irritation and blood loss.
The province has created the Moose Winter Tick Monitoring Program in response to the infestation.
Provincial biologists have been monitoring its effects on B.C’s moose population since 2015.
Scientists hope their infestation database will allow them to effectively address the issue.
People can help by filling out a survey to keep track of infected animals.
In 2016, the program received 508 reports of moose observations, with a range of case severity.
While winter ticks prefer moose, the external parasite can also be found on white-tailed deer, mule deer, bison, and elk.
With files from Koy Tayler