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Dogs Trained to Find Tree Killers

Dogs Trained to Find Tree Killers

Two dogs are being used in an Asian longhorned Beetle eradication program. They are being trained to smell the beetle droppings to help researchers identify hardwood trees that are infested and require eradication. Asian longhorned beetles live in and reproduce in hardwood tree species, such as maple, birch, horse chestnut, poplar, willow, elm, and ash. The beetle eventually kills the host tree. The destructive species was unknowingly brought into the United States in hardwood packing materials such as pallets when goods from China were shipped here, starting in the 1980s. It has been reported the first of the beetles in the United States were noticed in Brooklyn in 1996. The dogs are being trained for use in an area of Massachusetts that has already identified over 29,000 infested trees and had them removed. (Seven thousand replacement trees have been planted.) Six thousa...

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