Bracing for a Hungry Tick Season April 4, 2012 New York

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Bracing for a Hungry Tick Season April 4, 2012 New York Times (blog)

... researchers at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, N.Y.... do not blame deer or the recent mild winter for the increased threat, but rather fluctuating numbers of acorns and mice, said Dr. Richard S. Ostfeld, a disease ecologist who has studied the acorn-mouse-tick dynamic for 20 years. A bountiful acorn crop in 2010 led to peak populations of white-footed mice in 2011, giving black-legged ticks easy access to their preferred hosts ... [his] work is financed primarily by the National Science Foundation... 

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