What is a pest?
A pest species is any plant, animal, or other organism that can spread and, at least in some years, can threaten biodiversity, the economy, or society. It may or may not be a native species. Some native species are considered pests because of their impacts on forestry, agriculture, or other industries.
Examples of native pest species in the NWT include the spruce budworm, which feeds on spruce buds and needles and can threaten timber supply, or the raspberry fruitworm beetle, which can impact food crop productivity.
Spruce budworm (Choristoneura fumiferana) - Photo Credit: Government of the Northwest Territories