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1 October 1986 TICK (DERMACENTOR ALBIPICTUS)-INDUCED WINTER HAIR-LOSS IN CAPTIVE MOOSE (ALCES ALCES)
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Five captive moose calves each infested with 42,000 larval Dermacentor albipictus, six calves each infested with 19,000–21,000, and five control moose were observed for changes in hair-loss, body condition and number, stages, and distribution of the tick. Winter hair-loss was observed only in moose infested with ticks and was correlated positively with the total number of adult ticks. Hair-loss associated with ticks was minimal from October to January, but rapidly increased from February to April when up to 44% of hair had been removed. The pattern of hair-loss was similar in all moose with the neck, shoulders, withers, and perianal areas losing the most hair. Moose with extensive premature hair-loss had less pericardial and abdominal visceral fat than moose with little or no hair-loss.

McLaughlin and Addison: TICK (DERMACENTOR ALBIPICTUS)-INDUCED WINTER HAIR-LOSS IN CAPTIVE MOOSE (ALCES ALCES)
R. F. McLaughlin and E. M. Addison "TICK (DERMACENTOR ALBIPICTUS)-INDUCED WINTER HAIR-LOSS IN CAPTIVE MOOSE (ALCES ALCES)," Journal of Wildlife Diseases 22(4), 502-510, (1 October 1986). https://doi.org/10.7589/0090-3558-22.4.502
Received: 2 December 1985; Published: 1 October 1986
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