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Cracking Down on Invasive Mussels

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In an effort to prevent aquatic invasive species from entering Montana's waterways, state wildlife officials are now setting up boat inspection checkpoints. Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials say state law requires vehicles hauling boats to stop at watercraft inspection stations. The stations are located at key border crossing sites, along major highways and near heavily used bodies of water. FWP aquatic invasive species coordinators say two boats were found to be carrying dead zebra mussels at a checkpoint near Hardin. Zebra mussels  were discovered on a boat near Missoula after someone called in a tip. Officials say Montana continues to be free of the zebra mussel infestation that is reported in 26 states. Mussels are quick to reproduce and can clog intake pipes and damage piers as well as disrupt ecosystems.

 

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