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Cal Wettstein hacks into a pine-beetle-kill tree to try and find a pine beetle off of Red Sandstone Road in Vail on Friday. Wettstein said he couldn't find a beetle because they were buried in the tree and not flying.

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Eagle County man on front lines of beetle battle

Slicing into the trunk of a pine with a hatchet, Cal Wettstein shaves off a piece of bark. He’s looking for one of the beetles that has killed most of the lodgepole pines in this grove off Red Sandstone Road north of Vail.


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