Spread of beetles slowed

Mother Nature gave crews battling the mountain pine beetle infestation a hand with this spring’s cool weather which resulted in a low survival rate for the insects in the Kananaskis and southern Rockies.

Duncan MacDonnell, Alberta Sustainable Resources Development spokesperson, said they won’t ease up on the fight to prevent the spread of the beetle further east towards Bragg Creek and the rest of the foothills.

“One of the lessons we’ve learned from British Columbia is don’t treat this lightly and don’t think you’ve ever won,” he said. “If you underestimate the beetle you’re going to pay for it.”