Moose in Algonquin
By: Pat Coate
Even more than birds, I really enjoy seeing moose (and catching them with my camera is an added bonus). As such, I spend some time each year ‘stalking’ them in Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario. Most years I am able to at least see them along Highway 60, which cuts across the southern portion of the park, and other years I have been lucky enough to see them while canoeing or hiking. Here are some photos of this year’s moose, seen along Highway 60.
You can see what I believe are ticks on the rear hide of this moose. Often the moose in Algonquin (and other areas like Michigan and Maine) are infested with ticks – a study done in New Hampshire found the average number of ticks per moose is an astounding 35,000. We have seen moose that have rubbed portions of their fur off clear down to the skin in an effort to rid themselves of these pests. Ticks are actually a major threat to moose -due to weakening them and/or causing hypothermia if enough skin is exposed during winter.
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