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Halloween Special! 7 Creepy Critters In Your Local Park (Slideshow)

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7.  Mountain Pine Beetle

Having seen the devastation that this tiny creature has wrought in Rocky Mountain National Park, I really hate this one. The Mountain Pine Beetles are working their way across parts of the United States, destroying thousands of acres of trees. Even worse, climate change is helping them, since they move faster in warmer climes. There is really no way to stop this onslaught. Mountain Pine Beetles have impacted more than 4 million acres since the first signs of outbreak in 1996.

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1:06AM PST on Dec 23, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

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9:12AM PST on Dec 22, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

6:30AM PST on Nov 12, 2012

interesting article, thanks for sharing :)

7:42PM PST on Nov 4, 2012

Nothing worse that stepping on a cockroach with a bare foot in the dark. That's a feeling you'll have foreverr!

11:44AM PDT on Nov 2, 2012

I had the opportunity to handle snakes and tarantulas as a child at the Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley, and so lost my fear of them while of course retaining the knowledge of what is poisonous. However, having lived in roach-riddled apartments in Chicago, I will never forget the horror of dealing with those vile creatures dancing on my kitchen counter. A lot of the insects I now encounter in my garden that might have previously grossed me out I now recognize as special treats for my chickens: worms, earwigs, grasshoppers - dried meal worms are known as "chicken crack".

6:06AM PDT on Nov 2, 2012

Ron B. i agree with you...

12:12AM PDT on Nov 2, 2012

am generally afraid of insects, so i try to minimise encounters with them outdoors and prevent them from coming indoors!

8:44PM PDT on Nov 1, 2012

Leaning no. They all have their place which hopefully is always outdoors.

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