Horrifying Potential Culprit Found Behind Dwindling North American Moose Populations: It's Spread by Flies

Horrifying Potential Culprit Found Behind Dwindling North American Moose Populations: It’s Spread by Flies


The decline in the U.S. moose population in recent years may have less to do with man-made causes and more to do with Mother Nature than previously thought, according to a recent study.

Research published in March in the Journal of Wildlife Diseases found a parasitic worm, Elaeophora schneideri, in half of the dead adult Shiras moose studied in southeastern Idaho, although it wasn’t found in any of the moose bodies investigated in the northern part of the state.

The parasite, which can grow to 4 inches when fully mature, is generally passed to moose by tabanid flies, according to Newsweek.

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None of the 20 juvenile moose had contracted the parasite, according to the study, which was conducted between March 2020 and July 2022.

Newsweek

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