Latest Invasive species News

Study links Asian carp with Mississippi River fish drop

Nov. 16, 2019 11:18 AM EST

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Sport fish have declined significantly in portions of the Upper Mississippi River infested with Asian carp, adding evidence to fears about the invader’s threat to native species, according to a new study. Analysis of nearly 20 years of population data suggests the carp...

'Fish fence' being tested in Kentucky to stop Asian carp

Nov. 8, 2019 5:11 PM EST

GRAND RIVERS, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky officials are hoping a noise-making, bubbling "fish fence" will help stop the spread of destructive Asian carp. At Kentucky's Barkley Dam on Friday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and others gathered to commission the new bioacoustic fish fence near a lock at the...

Florida trappers step up efforts, catch 3,600 pythons

Nov. 4, 2019 5:10 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — More than 3,600 Burmese pythons have been captured in Florida under an effort to control the invasive species that wildlife officials say is choking the delicate Everglades ecosystem. Gov. Ron DeSantis said Monday the Python Action Team had removed 1,000 pythons from the wild. That's on top of...

Study: Alien grasses are making more frequent US wildfires

Nov. 4, 2019 3:06 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — For much of the United States, invasive grass species are making wildfires more frequent, especially in fire-prone California, a new study finds. Twelve non-native species act as "little arsonist grasses," said study co-author Bethany Bradley, a University of Massachusetts professor of...

Plan calls for fuel breaks to battle wildfires in 3 states

Oct. 14, 2019 5:46 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — One option in a plan to battle devastating wildfires in southwestern Idaho, southeastern Oregon and northern Nevada creates 1,500 miles (2,400 kilometers) of fuel breaks up to 400 feet (120 meters) wide along existing roads. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management on Friday released a draft...