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    Concord, N.H.

    Moose population waning, researchers study why

    Don’t be surprised if you spot a moose in New Hampshire wearing a collar. It’s part of a study of the Granite State’s declining moose population. New Hampshire’s moose population has dropped dramatically from 7,600 to 4,400. Fish and Game biologist Kristine Rines said her department has teamed up with the University of New Hampshire to put tracking collars on nearly 100 moose cows and calves to study how long they live and to determine how they die. Rines says shorter winters are spawning an increase in winter ticks and brainworm — a parasite transmitted by deer. She said even if the ticks don’t kill the moose, they can sap the weight of moose cows so much that their fertility is affected. (AP)