Saskatchewans’ Provincial Forest Entomologist and Pathologist says he’s not surprised of a sudden outbreak of mountain pine beetles in the Jasper area.
Dr. Rory McIntosh says the pine beetles have been in Jasper for a few years, and says Parks Canada failed to take action until it was too late.
He says Saskatchewan has taken a preventative approach, treating the beetle as a native invasive species.
“This is a spread of a native species that is behaving as an exotic insect.”
McIntosh says there’s been no threat of the mountain pine beetle in Saskatchewans’ northern boreal forest.
The beetles have destroyed more than a million hectares of lodgepole pine in Alberta and BC.