Moose Winter Tick Surveillance

What was this engagement about?

The BC Wildlife Health Program again asked for help assessing the effects of winter ticks on the province’s moose population as part of its annual moose winter tick surveillance program.

The program relies on observations from wildlife professionals, wildlife enthusiasts, and the public to:

  • Document and map the distribution of winter ticks in moose in B.C. and;
  • Estimate the severity of winter tick infestations within moose populations across the province.

An online survey, downloadable survey forms and background information were available on the Moose Winter Tick Program Website

How will my contribution make a difference?

The findings of the surveillance program will contribute to the Provincial Moose Research Program, which was initiated in 2013 to investigate factors influencing moose populations in British Columbia. Results will also support the BC Wildlife Health Program in establishing a baseline measure of the extent of winter tick infestation in B.C.’s moose population.

Read the results of the 2019 & 2020 studies here.

Details of the Consultation:

Date: January 1, 2020 to April 30, 2020

Status: Closed

Location: Province-wide

Category: Land & Animals

Type: Online