The mountain pine beetle is killing lodgepole pine and jack pine forests in the Western United States, British Columbia, the Northwest Territories, Alberta and could spread east to the Maritimes.
Yes, beetles are natural, but before you start waving Sierra Club brochures and yelling about scary science, keep in mind that nature is out to kill us all. She is, basically, a real bitch.
Researchers have been investigating pheromones emitted by the pest in North America's lodgepole and jack pine forests and
tree chemical compounds that play critical roles in the beetle's pheromone production and attraction in both their established lodgepole pine host and in the newer jack pine host.
The idea is to produce scientific bait.