We are wrapping up an intensive look at moose health in New York using both live-captured animals and investigation of mortalities. Between 2015 and 2017, we obtained samples from live moose to examine a variety of health parameters. From necropsies, we identified internal parasites: deer brainworm (Parelaphostrongylus tenuis), giant liver fluke (Fascioloides magna), Echinococcus (tapeworms) and Neospora caninum as threats to moose health. 

DVM student counting parasite eggs under the scope

We are in the third year of a study examining deer fecal samples and gastropods for brainworm and liver fluke to identify risk factors on the Adirondacks landscape. We are collaborating with SUNY-ESF to develop PCR tests for Echinococcus and Neospora in canid feces to better understand these parasite cycles.