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Experts say effort to stop Pine Beetle in Black Hills is working

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The Mountain Pine Beetle continues to be a nuisance in the Black Hills but some experts here in Rapid City say recent efforts to fight the pest are starting to work.

Today at the county commission meeting, Scott Guffey, Pennington County Weed and Pest Supervisor,presented a final update to the pine beetle suppression project and the verdict looked good.

Guffey says they have focused on three mitigation tactics that have all been very effective and with state legislation passing county pine beetle funding for next year the outlook remains bright.

"We're going back into some areas we've treated and were seeing a lot less numbers than I think there would be if we hadn't done anything so definitely a success there,"said Guffey.

This is the 3rd year certain mitigation tactics have been used and guffey says each year they see more success.

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