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Published May 08, 2012, 09:12 PM

Doggie detectives that fight the state's ash tree killing pest

Minnesota (WDAY TV) -- There are no other doggie detectives like them in the country.

Minnesota (WDAY TV) -- There are no other doggie detectives like them in the country.

Minnesota's department of agriculture is training man's best friend to take on the emerald ash borer, the pest that is killing the state's ash trees.

Four dogs started training in mid April, they following the scent of an ash log and sit when they find it.

Soon, they'll be searching compost sites like this one, or locations with yard waste, or even commercial vehicles for the emerald ash borer.

Aimee Hurt/working dogs for conservation says, "so they are starting to learn search skills they need to detect wood in the real environments they'll be working in."

Moving firewood and other ash products with larvae are the biggest risks for spreading e-a-b. These four legged friends will be ready for the fight in July.

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