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11-Year-Old Who Alerted State To Invasive Beetle Gets Honored

An 11-year-old Tarrant County boy who alerted the Forest Service to an invasive beetle was honored as a 'Junior Forester.'

A Tarrant County boy who tipped off the Texas A&M Forest Service to the presence of an extremely invasive beetle was honored Wednesday for his efforts. 

We first introduced you to 11-year-old Sam Hunt in August after he photographed a strange beetle in his backyard, which he believed to be an Emerald Ash Borer - an invasive insect that has killed millions of ash trees in the United States.

Hunt alerted the Forest Service and they confirmed his findings.

The Texas A&M Forest Service said, "It was the observant eye and curious mind of a young naturalist in Fort Worth that alerted us to the infestation." 

Hunt was honored as a Junior Forester Wednesday night. 

"For his appreciation of the natural world, tendency to ask questions and courage to get involved," wrote the Forest Service. 

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