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KIMT News 3 - A record number of one type of invasive species is calling Minnesota home and experts are trying to find out why.
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture says they've trapped a record 69,000 Gypsy Moths this year alone.
A number they say has more than doubled since 2009.
Gypsy Moths can defoliate large sections of forest and hurt the economy.
"When the forest is defoliated, industries like the tourism industry suffer. We go up to the Great Outdoors to see the beautiful scenery and this caterpillar is making a meal of the leaves. It's not very attractive," said Lucia Hunt with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.
Travelers are warned to check any of their outdoor gear for a fuzzy brown material that can transfer the moths from place to place.
"This is the highest number we've ever seen in a single year. We have over 69 thousand moths caught already this year which indicates that we've got some established populations," said Hunt.
Over the next several weeks MDA staff will search for reproducing Gypsy Moth populations. These searches will be conducted in Lake and St. Louis counties.
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