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Tent caterpillars invading Boreal forest

June 10, 2013 – A tent caterpillar outbreak near Prince Albert, Sask. could be the starting point for a province-wide invasion.

Several pockets of hardwood forest near Christopher Lake, Emma Lake, and Montreal Lake have become overrun with the caterpillars.

“This is sort of an epicentre of areas that have been defoliated so far that we’re aware of at this point in time,” said Rory McIntosh, provincial forest etymologist and pathologist for the ministry of environment.

“Some of the reports I’ve heard from the folks up at Emma Lake say that last Thursday they saw maybe two or three caterpillars but by Friday or Saturday there were thousands, tens of thousands of them everywhere,” he said.

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