Moths damage trees in Santa Fe National Forest

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SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – Moths in the Santa Fe National Forest have made quite a mess.

Forest officials say several thousand acres of Douglas Fir and White Fir have been defoliated by the Douglas Fir Tusscok Moth.

They say it’s likely many of the trees will die.

Researchers say these outbreaks aren’t uncommon, but the outcome can be dramatic until the moth dies off.

The moth population does appear to be on the decline though.

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