Fewer foxes could mean an uptick in Lyme disease

New research suggests that a rise in tick-borne diseases could be linked to a shortage of mouse predators like foxes and martens.

When left to take care of itself, Mother Nature does a pretty good job of figuring stuff out … until the human part of the equation comes along and messes things up, that is. Habitat destruction and nudging harmonious ecosystems out of whack come to mind – and both of those could be contributing to a rise in tick-borne diseases.