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Published March 02, 2010, 04:16 PM

Wyoming braces for possible grasshopper outbreak

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Insect pest experts say Wyoming faces the likelihood of a grasshopper outbreak this summer, which would strain the ability of landowners, districts and governments to pay for combating the insects.

By: Matt Joyce, Associated Press

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Insect pest experts say Wyoming faces the likelihood of a grasshopper outbreak this summer, which would strain the ability of landowners, districts and governments to pay for combating the insects.

Pest control officials told a meeting of the Legislature’s Joint Agriculture Committee on Tuesday that they’re preparing for a busy summer of treating the insects.

An overabundance of grasshoppers can be problematic because they feed on the same vegetation as livestock.

Surveys last summer found widespread outbreaks in eastern and parts of north-central Wyoming, setting the stage for the offspring of those grasshoppers to cause problems this summer.

Bruce Shambaugh of the federal Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service says dry and warm conditions after the eggs hatch in early June would exacerbate the problem.

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