ROCHESTER, Minn. – Although you may not think of them in this way, earthworms are considered an invasive specie. That is according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
Officials with the DNR say the worms, which come from overseas, usually eat food that is supposed to be for others in the woods. But there are some ways you can prevent the spread from happening. “The number one rule would be, don’t dump your earthworms in the woods. That’s going to be the biggest opportunity to stop the spread of these invasive species. The second thing you can do is dump the earthworms that you no longer use for fishing. If you are done for the day, dump them in the trash.” Gretchen Miller with the DNR said.
She also mentioned telling other fisherman to do the same can help stop the spread.