BANGOR - A new parasite found in Maine moose may be of concern to hunters and those working with wild game throughout the state.
Echinococcus granulosus is a small tapeworm that's larvae is being found in cysts in moose lungs. It has a two-part life cycle, one of which is found in moose, and the other in coyotes and domestic dogs. Since these cysts can be found in dogs, it can put humans at risk for exposure to the parasite.
Officials suggest wearing rubber gloves and thoroughly cooking any meat before eating, and protect your pets with regular veterinary visits and keeping them away from dead wild animals.