Global Warming Devastating Moose Populations Wakens Major Media

posted by Frank Butterman Food Inspector @ 10:02 AM
October 18, 2013

moose-becoming-extinct   At last, effects of Global Warming are so unmercifully killing off a particular species that major press outlets howl.  The New York Times asks is it Global Warming, too much hunting, heat stress, shorter winters, more ticks, etc.?

“Winters have grown substantially shorter across much of the moose’s range.  In New Hampshire, a longer fall with less snow has greatly increased the number of winter ticks, a devastating parasite,” Jim Robbins writes in N.Y. Times.

But he contends:  “And no one is sure why.”  He explains that Minnesota once had two separate moose populations, but one has declined from 4,000 to less than 100. The other has fallen from a population of 8,000 to less than 3,000.

“In the Caribou Mountains of British Columbia, a recent study pinned the decline of moose on the widespread killing of forest by an epidemic of pine bark beetles, which seem to thrive in warmer weather. The loss of trees left the moose exposed to human and animal predators,” Robbins adds.

Erika Butler, former wildlife veterinarian for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, posits:  “It’s complicated because there’s so many pieces of this puzzle that could be impacted by climate change.”

Falling short of saying, “Its Global Warming,” the Washington Post says that in New Hampshire, scientists posit that ticks-on-mooseshorter winters induce growth of  winter tick populations.  “Up to 150,000 ticks can beset a moose at one time, bleeding it out until the moose is little more than ribs, antlers, and some loose skin.”

Unlike deer, moose don’t run in packs.  Because moose live and die alone, affected states have prohibited moose hunting. States like Minnesota now spend millions of dollars looking for and tagging the animals in efforts to preserve them.

These extinction threats are enough to have N. Y.Times editors cry:  “Moose are dying off across North America for a number of reasons, most of which can be linked to a warming climate and an eroding winter. Long, warm autumns and early, wet springs benefit winter ticks, which can cluster on moose in unbelievable numbers, causing anemia, loss of appetite, hair loss from rubbing—weakening the animals at the onset of winter, just when they need their strength most.”

Their editorial further reads:  “The collapse in moose numbers—one Minnesota population has fallen from 4,000 animals to fewer than 100—is something scientists can track but otherwise can do nothing about. “It is typical of the kind of shifts that a warming climate is causing, tipping the balance in ways that favor some species and do grievous harm to others. It is the sign of an entire ecosystem caught up in changes largely brought about by human activity.”

Well at least the editors spoke the total truth!  Global Warming is killing off animal populations in droves.  When God gave man dominion over the animal kingdom that authority included responsibility for animal life.  But man has abdicated that responsibility, and ultimately will pay for that failure.

However, used Christian books indicate that men still have time to fight Global Warming, and preserve themselves as well as the animal kingdom:  “Some men’s sins are open beforehand, going before to judgment; and some men they follow after.  Likewise also the good works of some are manifest beforehand; and they that are otherwise cannot be hid (1 Timothy 5: 24 – 25).”

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