No sooner does the snow melt, than the ticks are feeding like crazy.

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The only good news from the drought that hit the Granite State was that it also hit the tick population hard.

A group that tracks the moose population with tracking collars found that only one of the moose calves died from winter ticks. How ticks affect moose is usually a good indicator of what kind of tick season we'll have.

According to the AP, leaders of this group are still observing the moose.

'Project leaders are still watching with caution, as winter ticks are in the adult stage in April and are feeding heavily. But moose biologist Kristine Rines said the tick count was down on moose collared in January; many of the blood-sucking parasites died because they were deprived of moisture.'

We all know the ticks will survive and perhaps even flourish this season.

It's a good time to remind you to take the necessary precautions with your pets, and check yourself after a walk in the woods.