Latest Invasive species News

Mexican fish extinct in wild successfully reintroduced

Jan. 02, 2022 13:03 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — There once was a small fish called “tequila splitfin” or “zoogoneticus tequila” that swam in a river in western Mexico, but disappeared in the 1990s. Scientists and residents, however, have achieved the return of a species extinct in nature — but conserved in...

Herbicides in Lake Tahoe? Invasive plants provoke debate

Dec. 24, 2021 14:28 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — As invasive plants encroach on the pristine waters of Lake Tahoe, officials are weighing whether to use aquatic herbicides for the first time to contain their growth and prevent them from clouding the waters. Plants like curlyleaf pondweed and eurasian...

Tiny pygmy owl has renewed chance at protection in Arizona

Dec. 24, 2021 10:39 AM EST

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A tiny desert owl known for nesting in Arizona’s saguaro cactus may get some federal protection restored, according to a proposal from federal wildlife officials. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service this week formally registered a proposal to list the cactus...

Minnesota lake ice shrinking as climate change warms winters

Dec. 12, 2021 12:28 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota lakes have lost nearly two weeks of lake ice over the past 50 years as climate change diminishes the state's winters, officials from Minnesota’s natural resources and pollution control agencies said Friday. According to newly released data from the...

Not-for-profit catalogs, rates Indianapolis' urban forests

Dec. 12, 2021 00:03 AM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — In a forest near West 42nd Street and Clarendon Road, trees tower above bright leaf litter and thousands of scattered, bare branches. Some are older than the state of Indiana, established in 1816. Five years ago, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs nearly...

Lummi Nation declares disaster after invasive crab arrives

Dec. 01, 2021 08:31 AM EST

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — The Lummi Indian Business Council has passed a resolution declaring a disaster after more than 70,000 European green crab — an invasive species — were captured and removed from the Lummi Sea Pond in recent months. The Tribe cultivates...

Lessons learned from the fire that almost destroyed Tahoe

Nov. 28, 2021 04:11 AM EST

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) — The devastation starts on the western slope. Many of the cabins that once lined the highway between here and Sacramento are now gone. Instead, brick and stone chimneys stand sentinel, visible through blackened toothpick trees that dot the mountainsides. Gray...

Great Lakes' warming has wintertime domino effect

Nov. 27, 2021 08:55 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Winter is just around the corner, but experts say the Great Lakes haven't gotten the message. After summer and fall evenings that failed to cool sufficiently, surface temperatures in the massive bodies of water are trending above average, the Chicago...

Invasive weed is choking parts of a Central Texas lake

Nov. 26, 2021 13:35 PM EST

KILLEEN, Texas (AP) — An invasive underwater weed is spreading in a Central Texas lake popular with anglers, tangling boat propellers and threatening the fish. The weed is hydrilla, an aquatic plant initially imported and sold as an aquarium plant in the 1950s that has...

Idaho reports record number of mussel-infested boats

Nov. 17, 2021 16:02 PM EST

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho Department of Agriculture have said that a record number of watercraft fouled with invasive mussels were caught at the state's boat inspection stations this year. Still, officials report that Idaho's waterways remain free of the...