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By Sigrid Olson

Heat-Seeking Questers Reach Out


Sigrid Olson, Pathfinder

A female Rocky Mountain tick.

With the snowmelt on warm slopes, certain parasites are hidden amongst growing foliage. Ticks are out and seeking blood to survive. Male and female American Dog and Rocky Mountain ticks can be found within the region.

According to MSU Extension, the most common tick in the Blackfoot Watershed is the Rocky Mountain tick, Dermacentor andersoni. The American dog tick, Dermacentor variablis, can also be found.

Most ticks go through four life stages: egg, six-legged larva, eight-legged nymph and adult. After hatching, the ticks must eat blood at every life stage to survive.

Males and females di...

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