By Julia Lerner
Cascadia Daily News 

Inslee gives Asian Giant Hornets his full attention


Last updated 7/14/2022 at 10:11am

Hailey Hoffman, Cascadia Daily News

The Washington State Department of Agriculture displayed dead and preserved Asian giant hornets at their tracking and trapping training session in Blaine on July 12.

Though there are no confirmed sightings of Asian giant hornets yet this year, scientists and entomologists from the Washington Department of Agriculture (WSDA) were ready to talk about new research related to the massive bugs during a training session in Birch Bay State Park Tuesday.

The training session was designed to teach attendees about the trapping, tracking and eradication of the invasive hornets.

Among the small group of trainees: Washington Gov. Jay Inslee.

"I'm here getting briefed on our murder hornet eradication program," Inslee told the Cascadia Daily News during the event Tuesday. "This is of intense interest to our whole state, not just Whatcom County because it's such a huge threat to our agricultural industry."

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