Last year's reports were all about how the wildlife wasn't doing well because of the extreme winter weather. This year was a very mild winter in most places, and reports are stating that the warm weather is affecting the animals as well.
One of the main causes of the moose population's decline has been winter ticks. Winter ticks in a good cold winter would die, keeping their levels where moose could thrive. Without those long cold spells the winter ticks are not dying off, and the moose are succumbing to the parasites. New Hampshire, Maine and Minnesota are noticing the effects on their moose population.