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Hungry caterpillars eye Vermont trees

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Courtesy: Vt. Dept. of Forests, Parks and Recreation Courtesy: Vt. Dept. of Forests, Parks and Recreation
MONTPELIER, Vt. -

We have a warning about tree damage caused by caterpillars.

The Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation says tent caterpillars have hatched and should mostly impact Northeast and Central Vermont.

Forest tent caterpillars prefer eating the leaves of sugar maple and ash trees. The tree damage caused by the insect can significantly reduce tree growth and impact maple tapping operations for Vermont sugar makers.

Last year, the caterpillars ate up 25,000 acres of forestland in the state.

Click here for more on forest tent caterpillars.

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