Do moose have fleas?
I am wondering if moose have fleas. I recently was on a moose hunt and after handling a moose carcass, had bites in areas where fleas would likely bite - creases where clothes are tighter fitting . I am just wondering if I should check the bedding where I stayed. Possibly bed bugs? Geesh! Or maybe just black flies.
You have asked a great question Wendi!
I have handled over 25 moose carcasses over the years and I cannot say I have ever found fleas on them. Tics yes.
Black flies can be a real problem too! I recently returned from a northern trip where, once the daytime temp rose the flies came out in numbers. The flies I speak of are small... maybe 2 or so mm long. But man can they bite. They especially like to get into the creases you speak of. I think this is a survival instinct for them, it is hard for an animal or human to rid themselves of these little creatures in those tight areas. In animals they like to get in their ears.
Now bed bugs... yuk! A possibility, but would vote for the flies.
Those flies love the swamps, and love to eat us!I have posed your flea question to a moose biologist friend of mine... I'll post his response once I receive it.