Jan 16, 2010 1:40 PM by Associated Press

Officials: Pine beetle infestation has peaked

The pine beetle infestation that has ravaged more than 2.5 million acres of forest in Colorado and Wyoming may be coming to an end.

State and forest officials say the tiny beetle that burrows beneath the bark of pine trees and leaves them turning a sickly red as they die, may be exhausting their food supply.

While officials say the infestation may be reaching an anti-climatic end, there are still millions of acres of dead trees to deal with.

Forest officials say threats include the risk of catastrophic wildfire, injury and property damage from falling trees and damage to waterways from erosion. Officials say they'll ramp up their efforts to remove the dead trees in the coming years.


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