ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is calling out the dogs in the fight against zebra mussels.
For the first time, the agency this year plans to use three dogs specially trained to sniff out the tiny invasive species.
The DNR plans to use the dogs this spring and summer in addition to human inspectors to check boats for zebra mussels.
More than 100 Minnesota lakes, rivers and wetlands are already infested with zebra mussels. The pests clog water intake pipes, cut swimmers’ feet and disrupt the ecosystem.
California already is using dogs to find zebra and quagga mussels, another invasive species.
Minnesota Public Radio News (http://bit.ly/141xNtv ) reports the DNR will see how the dogs perform this year and decide whether to expand the program.
Information from: Minnesota Public Radio News, http://www.mpr.org