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DNR reminds waterfowl hunters to avoid spreading aquatic invasive species

DNR reminds waterfowl hunters to avoid spreading aquatic invasive species Photo: KSTP.

Josh Skluzacek
Updated: September 24, 2020 04:37 PM
Created: September 24, 2020 04:27 PM

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is reminding waterfowl hunters to help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species.

Invasive species such as purple loosestrife, zebra mussels, Eurasian watermilfoil and faucet snails can be transported in waterfowl hunters' boats, decoys or blind material and other equipment, the DNR said. That can damage the habitat for waterfowl, fish and other wildlife.

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"Hunters should take a few minutes to clean plants and mud, and drain water from duck boats, decoys, decoy lines, waders and push poles," said Eric Katzenmeyer, DNR invasive species specialist. "It's the key to avoiding the spread of aquatic invasive species in waterfowl habitat."

The DNR recommends the following steps to help slow the spread of aquatic invasive species:

  • Use elliptical, bulb-shaped or strap decoy anchors.
  • Drain water and remove all plants and animals from boats and equipment.
  • Remove all plants and animals from anchor lines and blind materials.
  • Check compartments or storage in boats or kayaks that aren't in use the rest of the year.

Trappers also need to clean their equipment to help prevent the spread of invasive species, the DNR said.

You can find more information here.


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