Submit your photos to help Fish & Game with spring moose surveyUnion Leader Staff
April 25. 2018 8:58PM
CONCORD — The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s spring moose survey will be underway soon.
The public is being asked to submit photos of moose taken in New Hampshire from May 1 through May 15.
“Images submitted should show one whole side of the moose,” Fish and Game said in a news release. “They should not be taken from in front of or behind the animal.”
Fish and Game stressed that only images taken during the May 1 through May 15 time period should be submitted “because taking photos earlier or later can skew the data and provide misleading results.”
Photos may be from regular cameras, smartphones, or trail cameras.
Fish and Game wildlife staff monitor moose around the state during the spring to help evaluate tick loads. The results are tabulated in the Moose Spring Hair Loss Survey.
Wildlife biologist Kristine Rines said the presence of ticks is directly related to moose mortality.
Of the 45 moose cows and calves collared during the first year of the New Hampshire’s ongoing moose study (2014), Rines said researchers recorded 64 percent mortality for moose calves and 5 percent mortality for adult cow moose.
In 2015, calf mortality was 74 percent and adult mortality due to winter tick was 5 percent. In 2016, following the exceptionally mild winter of 2015-16, calf mortality was 80 percent and adult mortality 22 percent.
“As winters become consistently shorter, more ticks survive and calf mortality has remained high,” Rines said in an article posted on the Fish and Game website.
Submit your photographs and learn more about the survey at www.wildnh.com/surveys/moose.html.