2012-01-23

Mountain pine beetle infestation worse in Cypress Hills

The mountain pine beetle infestation in Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park is worse than originally thought, the Saskatchewan government says.

The province's Environment Department said Monday it has found a higher-than-expected number of trees in the park, that are infested with voracious pest.

In recent years, the beetles have destroyed millions of hectares of pine forests in B.C. and have been sweeping eastward.