Discovery of invasive mussels keeps Montana’s boat inspections busy

Discovery of invasive mussels keeps Montana’s boat inspections busy

Source: Missoula Current
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Only a few weeks into the season, Montana check stations have already stopped bout 10 boats with invasive mussels attached. It’s going to be another busy summer, and more people may be passing through at night bringing invasive species with them.

On Saturday, Fish, Wildlife & Parks watercraft inspectors at the Anaconda station were busy checking all the boats being towed along Interstate 90 when a large sailboat came in. It had come from Lake Michigan in Wisconsin, and dead mussels were found covering the hull and propeller. The boat was headed for Washington state, so inspectors decontaminated the boat and informed the next check station.

On Sunday, another Wisconsin craft headed for Washington, a pontoon boat, was found to have mussels in the live-well pump. Even more concerning, mussels were then found on a Minnesota pontoon boat headed for Glacier National Park.