Aquatic Invasive Species Found in Montana Waters - ABC FOX MONTANA NEWS, WEATHER, SPORTS - KTMF/KWYB

Aquatic Invasive Species Found in Montana Waters

Posted: Updated:
MISSOULA -

Fish, Wildlife & Parks officials are still tallying the final numbers, but so far they've recorded more than 350 boats harboring aquatic invasive species.

FWP officials said most of the dangerous species found on or in boats were invasive weeds, but 13 inspections turned up zebra or quagga mussels.

Officials said these types of mussels are from eastern Europe and therefore have no natural predators in Montana.

FWP officials said the mussels strain nutrients out of water bodies, destroy boat motors, and when they die, their shells become sharp hazards on beaches.

Linnaea Shroeer, of Fish, Wildlife & Parks, said, "They breed extremely prolifically, and if the conditions are right, they can quickly overwhelm the native populations."

Twenty FWP crews inspected about 24,000 boats all over the state, and those teams found the mussels on boats in Dillon, Hardin, Swan Lake and Wibaux.

They advise all boaters to run your hand over your boat, drain standing water, and if possible, use high pressure hot water to clean the boat or let it completely dry in the sun.

  • NationalMore>>

  • Parents of slain USC student urge security boost

    Parents of slain USC student urge security boost

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 10:47 PM EDT2014-07-30 02:47:30 GMT
    Four teens were charged Tuesday with murder in the fatal beating of a University of Southern California graduate student with a baseball bat and wrench as he walked to his off-campus apartment after meeting with a...
    The parents of a University of Southern California graduate student who was beaten to death on his walk home say they are concerned about other students and hope the university increases security.
  • Broken water main floods UCLA; people rescued

    Broken water main floods UCLA; people rescued

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 10:47 PM EDT2014-07-30 02:47:22 GMT
    A broken water main near the UCLA campus Tuesday sent a geyser of water some 30 feet into the air, forced the rescue of people trapped in underground parking garages and covered some of the best-known parts of...
    A broken water main near the UCLA campus Tuesday sent a geyser of water some 30 feet into the air, forced the rescue of people trapped in underground parking garages and covered some of the best-known parts of campus in...
  • Man wrongly imprisoned seeks millions from state

    Man wrongly imprisoned seeks millions from state

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 10:15 PM EDT2014-07-30 02:15:45 GMT
    A man who was imprisoned 21 years for a rape and murder he didn't commit is set to testify at a first-ever Connecticut hearing to determine how much he should be compensated.
    A man cleared of murder and rape charges after being locked up for two decades made an emotional appeal for millions of dollars in compensation on Tuesday, telling the state claims commissioner about the fear he endured in...
  • Most Popular

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Zoo Town Open Disc Golf Tourney Brings Top Competition to Montana

    Zoo Town Open Disc Golf Tourney Brings Top Competition to Montana

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 12:23 AM EDT2014-07-29 04:23:46 GMT
    ABC/FOX Montana Sports Intern Cole Havens tells us about Disc Golf or 'Folf' as many people know it, is a sport that's becoming more and more popular in the Treasure State.
    ABC/FOX Montana Sports Intern Cole Havens tells us about Disc Golf or 'Folf' as many people know it, is a sport that's becoming more and more popular in the Treasure State.
  • Two Bear Air Helped Find Plane Crash In Minutes

    Two Bear Air Helped Find Plane Crash In Minutes

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 12:10 AM EDT2014-07-29 04:10:16 GMT
    Clearwater county, Idaho authorities give us the name of the pilot who died in a crash Monday near Blacklead mountain.
    Clearwater county, Idaho authorities give us the name of the pilot who died in a crash Monday near Blacklead mountain.
  • PHOTOS: Severe storm causes power outages, damage to homes

    PHOTOS: Severe storm causes power outages, damage to homes

    Friday, July 25 2014 12:19 AM EDT2014-07-25 04:19:06 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash. - A storm seemed to leave just as fast as it arrived Wednesday in Spokane. High winds blew over trees and utility lines, causing widespread power outages and some severe property damage. INSIDE>>>| Power Outages | PHOTOS |
    SPOKANE, Wash. - A storm seemed to leave just as fast as it arrived Wednesday in Spokane. High winds blew over trees and utility lines, causing widespread power outages and some severe property damage. INSIDE>>>| Power Outages | PHOTOS |
  • Big Sky Football Rule Focuses For Upcoming Season

    Big Sky Football Rule Focuses For Upcoming Season

    Thursday, July 17 2014 11:32 PM EDT2014-07-18 03:32:25 GMT
    At the Big Sky Kickoff this week the Coordinator of Football Officials Karl Richins addressed the crowd to get the rest of the league on the same page as the referees for the upcoming year. "No BS he just presents the new rules to you emphasizes the old rules and that was worth the whole thing in itself," said Griz Head Coach Mick Delaney. "The main emphasis this year is sideline management and that means keeping the white area clear of all the players and coaches which is supposed to be de...
    At the Big Sky Kickoff this week the Coordinator of Football Officials Karl Richins addressed the crowd to get the rest of the league on the same page as the referees for the upcoming year. "No BS he just presents the new rules to you emphasizes the old rules and that was worth the whole thing in itself," said Griz Head Coach Mick Delaney. "The main emphasis this year is sideline management and that means keeping the white area clear of all the players and coaches which is supposed to be de...
  • UPDATE: Suspect In Homicide Of Missing Woman Found In Trunk Appears In Court

    UPDATE: Suspect In Homicide Of Missing Woman Found In Trunk Appears In Court

    Monday, April 28 2014 7:24 PM EDT2014-04-28 23:24:32 GMT
    SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - Latanya Clara Chapin, 51, has been identified as the woman who was found dead in the trunk of a car last Friday. Chapin was originally reported missing in March. The man accused of killing her is Juan Sifuentez and he made his first court appearance Monday afternoon. Sifuentez is being charged with 2nd Degree Murder and held on a $750,000 bond.
    SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - Latanya Clara Chapin, 51, has been identified as the woman who was found dead in the trunk of a car last Friday. Chapin was originally reported missing in March. The man accused of killing her is Juan Sifuentez and he made his first court appearance Monday afternoon. Sifuentez is being charged with 2nd Degree Murder and held on a $750,000 bond.
  • Stevensville Toddler Drowns in Bitterroot River Log Jam

    Stevensville Toddler Drowns in Bitterroot River Log Jam

    Monday, July 28 2014 7:55 PM EDT2014-07-28 23:55:12 GMT
    A three-year-old Stevensville boy lost his life Saturday morning, hours after authorities say he became trapped under a log jam in the Bitterroot River.
    A three-year-old Stevensville boy lost his life Saturday morning, hours after authorities say he became trapped under a log jam in the Bitterroot River.
  • Many Frustrated By Stalled Cobell Settlements

    Many Frustrated By Stalled Cobell Settlements

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 9:30 PM EDT2014-07-17 01:30:30 GMT
    In Congress Wednesday, the group in charge of doling out Cobell settlement claims says it's waiting on setting exact amounts and a judge's okay before making the rest of the payments.
    In Congress Wednesday, the group in charge of doling out Cobell settlement claims says it's waiting on setting exact amounts and a judge's okay before making the rest of the payments.
  • Missing Firefighter Now In Stable Condition

    Missing Firefighter Now In Stable Condition

    Monday, July 28 2014 10:05 PM EDT2014-07-29 02:05:07 GMT
    A firefighter missing in action since Sunday is recuperating at Marcus Daly Hospital in Hamilton.
    A firefighter missing in action since Sunday is recuperating at Marcus Daly Hospital in Hamilton.
Powered by WorldNow

Features

  • More Features
  • Powered by WorldNow
    All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and Cowles Montana Media. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.