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INVASIVE SPECIES

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The DNR is taking public comments until Dec. 9. The new rules will likely take effect sometime in the spring.
Common buckthorn is the most common type found in the Fertile Sand Hills.
The aggressive-acting invasive crayfish sparked investigation into multi-state crayfish scandal.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed the invasive algae starry stonewort in Bowen Lake, near Backus in Cass County and in Turtle River Lake, near the city of Turtle River in Beltrami County.
Since their introduction in the state less than a decade ago, zebra mussels have found their way into 13 bodies of water across South Dakota, most notably leaping westward into Pactola Reservoir last month. Some interest groups think the Department of Game, Fish and Parks could be doing more to slow the spread.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced Monday that Lake Koronis has a confirmed report of zebra mussels. A fishing guide snagged a zebra mussel on Lake Koronis on July 8. The lake became the first in Minnesota infested by starry stonewort when it was discovered in its waters in 2015.

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Puddles, who works for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and her handler, Sgt. Pam Taylor, will demonstrate July 14 at the North Dakota Governor's Walleye Cup tournament on Lake Sakakawea how they detect the invasive species.
"Growing Together" columnist Don Kinzler says our awareness of the invasive insect can help stop the spread.
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The Natural Resources Research Institute is researching best use of eDNA to detect zebra mussels and other invaders in Minnesota lakes.

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