Beetle survives cold winter

The mountain pine beetle is still thriving and is a threat to Alberta’s forests, despite two cold snaps last winter that were hoped to have decimated their populations.

After beetle-counting crews from Alberta Sustainable Resource Development (SRD) returned from the forests in May, the results they’re reporting are staggering, indicating high rates of mountain pine beetles survived the winter across much of southwest Alberta and other areas in the province.

But not only did the beetles survive, there’s also a risk that the population will explode and cause a wide-spread epidemic, similar to one already seen in British Columbia forests.