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Yellowstone Requires Invasive Species Inspection On Watercrafts

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YELLOWSTONE - For the first time, Yellowstone National Park is requiring watercrafts to pass an inspection before entering the park's waters.

The aquatic invasive species inspection will be done on all motorized and non-motorized boats. Boats much also have a boating permit.

Aquatic invasive species are non-native plants and animals that have significant impact on the park's natural resources. Examples include New Zealand mudsnails, whirling disease and lake trout.

Park Spokesperson Al Nash said the inspections are necessary because if these species get into the park, it takes a great deal of time and money to remove them.

"We just felt like it was appropriate to be a little more aggressive and to step up our efforts to protect the waters of Yellowstone from these invasive species," said Nash.

The National Park Service will conduct the inspections seven days a week for all boats that launch from Bridge Bay, Grant Village and Lewis Lake boat ramps.

 

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