Zebra Mussels on the Rise


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KIMT NEWS 3 — One of Mother Nature’s pests is making life difficult for Minnesota boaters.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed zebra mussels in North Lida Lake near Pelican Rapids.

Lake Lakota, near Alexandria, will also be designated as infested.

State officials are taking measures and steps to help prevent the spread of the aquatic invasive specie.

One way is enacting a state law that requires boaters to clean off their boat before hitting the lake.

“When you come off that lake that you’re on, you need to completely clean the vegetation off, you need to clean off anything you can see that looks like it possibly could be foreign material,” Myre-Big Island State Park Ranger Jerry Katzenmeyer said.

Once the mussels get into a body of water, they can grow rapidly.

He says its important folks heed the warnings and follow the law to keep area lakes clean.

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