Archive for Species Specific News

The Politics, Personalities and Sovereignty Surrounding Asian Carp

Once again leaders from other Great Lakes states are trying to move Illinois toward their preferred plan to deal with Asian carp in the Illinois River.   But Congressman Darin LaHood says that Illinois has a handle on Asian carp, and doesn’t need to be pushed, pulled, or told what direction to go. A group of […]

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Plant Dane Program Promotes Cleaner Lakes by Making Native Plants Accessible

Dane County announced plans early February to continue the Plant Dane program this upcoming spring. The program’s goal is to protect the Dane County lakes, rivers and streams by selling native plants at a fraction of the regular price, said Dane County’s Land and Resources Department stormwater education coordinator Christal Campbell. The only stipulation is the […]

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Texas PWD Confirms Zebra Mussels in Lake Austin, Lady Bird

Two central Texas lakes have received upgraded classifications for invasive zebra mussels as a result of statewide sampling by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) Inland Fisheries staff and partner agencies. Lake Austin’s classification has been upgraded to infested, meaning it was confirmed to have an established, reproducing population of zebra mussels, after TPWD and Lower […]

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Louisiana Congressman Wants Bounty Program for Asian carp

U.S. Rep. Clay Higgins wants Louisiana’s Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to create a bounty program for Asian carp, an invasive fish species. The Republican congressman sent a letter to department Secretary Jack Montoucet, saying a program to encourage fishermen to harvest the species would lessen ecological and economic damage in Louisiana. Montoucet says he’d […]

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Vermont Man Charged with Importing Exotic Reptiles

A Westfield, Vermont man has been charged with a wildlife violation after a water monitor lizard and a dwarf caiman were found on his property. Raymond J. Barlow, 29, was charged with illegally importing wildlife and faces fines up to $722. Vermont State Game Wardens received a Facebook photo from a member of the public […]

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Canadian Feds Feds Respond to Questions about Invasive Mussels

Canada’s federal officials have provided some answers to questions about how they are dealing with the threat posed by invasive mussels, but many questions remain.  And they’ve clarified that only a small portion of federal funding announced last year to address aquatic invasive species is being spent to combat the spread of mussels. The Okanagan […]

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Great Lakes Sea Lamprey Control is Critical

The sea lamprey is native to the Atlantic Ocean and spawns in freshwater streams. When sea lamprey entered the Great Lakes through the Welland Canal they quickly spread and by 1938 they had been observed in all of the Great Lakes. They are a parasitic fish that feeds on the blood and body fluids of […]

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Zebra Mussels Spotted in Lady Bird Lake; Lake Austin Now ‘Infested’

Zebra mussels have been spotted in Lady Bird Lake, and Texas wildlife officials now consider Lake Austin to be “infested” with the invasive species. Lady Bird Lake was upgraded to “suspect” status because mussels or their larvae have been found at least once after the Lower Colorado River Authority found several larvae in a plankton sample, according to […]

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Dangerously Destructive Rodent Spotted in Parts of California

A destructive pest that is commonly seen in parts of the East Coast and farther south has been spotted in Northern California. Experts are working with states such as Maryland and Louisiana to come up with a plan to remove the species nutria before they cause millions in damages. A colony of nutrias was discovered […]

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