MOOSE IN THE GREATER YELLOWSTONE REGION
EMERGING THREAT TO MOOSE
Fifty moose died last winter in Jackson, WY. This is nearly one-quarter of the population in the area. One possible cause of these deaths could be winter ticks. Moose across North America have been plagued by winter ticks and die-offs are happening in other states such as Idaho, Maine, Minnesota, New Hampshire, and Vermont; devastating herds at an alarming rate. In the last ten years, nearly 60% of Vermont’s moose population has disappeared. If this continues, local moose populations could be extinct in ten years.
OUR UNIQUE AND SUSTAINABLE APPROACH
VIEW is working with state and federal agencies to identify and mitigate the health issues facing moose in the Greater Yellowstone area. Implementing our proven Wildlife Health Program is essential to identifying the cause of sky-rocketing moose mortalities and developing practices and protocols to address, treat, or eliminate the issues.
Specialized wildlife veterinarians will teach a series of multi-day workshops that will train wildlife professionals on how to include wildlife health into their conservation efforts.
VIEW will contribute GPS collars, mobile necropsy backpacks, ultrasound diagnostics and WHIS (wildlife health information system) to digitally track, analyze and share data on wildlife health trends.
Once a threat or trend has been identified, our findings are presented in paper and conference formats so agencies can benefit from our work and ultimately help preserve moose populations nationwide.