Pine beetles have ministry of environment concerned

While your typical mountain pine beetle may appear to be harmless, a provincial forest entomologist and pathologist says looks can be deceiving.

Ministry of Environment representative Dr. Rory McIntosh was at the John M. Cuelenaere Public Library on Tuesday to help educate people about how dangerous the beetle is in large groups, especially in northern Saskatchewan.

“It’s kind of safety in numbers,” he says. “They’ll attack the tree and overcome it. They bring with them a blue stain fungus, and together they end up killing the tree.”