August 25, 2019

Unfortunately, Bill to Study Impact of Ticks Moves Forward

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LD134 is a proposed bill requiring the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW) to:

…conduct a study of the impact of winter ticks on the State’s moose population, including identifying any problems for the moose population created by the ticks and recommending possible courses of action, if any, to address those problems.

I say that it is unfortunate the bill has been moved forward because I don’t think that it is necessary to study something that others have studied and that Maine already knows – ticks are killing moose. An ongoing moose study has revealed the number of cow and calf moose that have been killed because of winter ticks. Maine knows ticks are killing moose. So why spend the money on it? It makes little sense. But then again, today’s politicians were weened on forming study groups and spending valuable resources on anything they don’t want to deal with.

What is about as clear as mud in this proposal is that part that reads, “identifying any problems for the moose population created by the ticks and recommending possible courses of action.”

The identity of a problem with the moose population has already been established – ticks kill moose. So, what would be the course of action to stop ticks from killing moose? If the focus of this study is on whether or not ticks kill moose and if so how much, then how can any course of action be recommended to solve the problem if they don’t know what caused the problem of ticks?

Excuse me for thinking rationally and not as a friggin politician. What a waste!

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