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AIS remains thorn in DNR’s side, but progress made

August 17, 2013

MARSHALL — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources last summer turned up the heat on boaters and anglers in an effort to curb the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS)....

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Aug-17-13 8:42 AM

It is my opinion that ducks, geese, pelicans, turtles, muskrats, beaver,racoon, mink, should also be checked as they are also capable of traveling from one lake to another.

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Aug-19-13 10:18 AM

"Preliminary results from systematic monitoring of Wisconsin lakes for aquatic invasive species confirm that boaters, not ducks or other birds, are spreading the invaders around, state and University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers say."

Sorry rona; science study has debunked your opinion. The quote is from a WI DNR article from March 5, 2013. It would seem that ducks, geese, pelicans, turtles, muskrats, beaver, raccoon and mink are free to roam once more. The blame for the spread of invasive species and the millions of dollars it costs to combat the problem lies squarely with apathetic or uninformed boaters who fail to properly clean their equipment and dispose of bait. Boaters using our lakes could save everyone lots of money if they just took the time clean their gear.

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