Latest Invasive species News

New preserve aims to protect slice of White River, old canal

Jan. 16, 2021 8:39 AM EST

ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) — A newly created central Indiana nature preserve will create a safe passage for wildlife along the White River and safeguard the remnants of a 19th century canal, a conservancy group says. The Red-tail Land Conservancy announced Tuesday that it had established the 50-acre...

FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2019 file photo, a Monarch butterfly flies to Joe Pye weed, in Freeport, Maine. Monarch butterflies are among well known species that best illustrate insect problems and declines, according to University of Connecticut entomologist David Wagner, lead author in a special package of studies released Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, written by 56 scientists from around the globe.   (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Scientists decry death by 1,000 cuts for world's insects

Jan. 11, 2021 7:34 PM EST

The world’s vital insect kingdom is undergoing “death by a thousand cuts,” the world’s top bug experts said. Climate change, insecticides, herbicides, light pollution, invasive species and changes in agriculture and land use are causing Earth to lose probably 1% to 2% of its insects...

Illinois, US team up to manage, sustain vast forest lands

Jan. 9, 2021 11:05 AM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Federal and state land managers have signed an agreement to cooperate on caring for vast forest lands in Illinois. The agreement signed this past week was between the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Forest Service. It establishes a...

Montana approves plan to drain lake to kill invasive species

Jan. 3, 2021 6:32 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks approved a plan to drain a lake to kill an invasive species of clams. The state approved the plan to drain the area in Lake Elmo State Park in Billings in September, The Billings Gazette reports. The Asian clams in Lake Elmo can...

A mature Vietnamese pot-bellied pig roams the streets of the Cantera community in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Dec. 11, 2020. The former pets — or descendants of former pets — have reproduced at such an alarming rate that the U.S. territory declared a health emergency last year so federal officials could start eradicating them. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)

Feral pigs flummox Puerto Rico, infiltrate communities

Dec. 24, 2020 10:07 AM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Thousands of Vietnamese pot-bellied pigs are snorting and squealing their way across Puerto Rico in what many fear has become an unstoppable quest to eat and reproduce on an island struggling to stop them. They forage through gardens and farms, knock over trash cans and leave...

FILE - In this April 6, 2017 file photo, strong winds send huge waves at the Lake Michigan shoreline at South Haven Michigan. A decade-old program that has pumped $2.7 billion into healing long-term injuries to the Great Lakes environment has received authorization from Congress to continue another five years. The U.S. Senate voted unanimously Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020, to extend the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which the House did earlier this year. (Mark Bugnaski/Kalamazoo Gazette via AP, File)

Congress OKs 5-year extension of Great Lakes cleanup program

Dec. 21, 2020 1:26 PM EST

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A program that has pumped $2.7 billion into healing long-term injuries to the Great Lakes environment has received authorization from Congress to continue another five years. The U.S. Senate voted unanimously Sunday to extend the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, as the House...

Mississippians warned of weed species that chokes out plants

Dec. 16, 2020 9:18 AM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — State forestry officials are warning of an invasive weed that chokes out native plants. Cogongrass is among the world’s most invasive weed species, The Sun Herald reported. The weed is taking root in Mississippi, and the invasive species has also been found across parts of the...

Snake and eggs? Floridians could soon eat invasive pythons

Dec. 12, 2020 3:00 AM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Donna Kalil estimates she’s eaten a dozen pythons in the last three years or so. That’s not including the python jerky, says Kalil, a python hunter for the South Florida Water Management District. “I eat that several times a week because I take it out with...

Michigan seeks help tracking these two invasive species

Dec. 7, 2020 1:01 AM EST

DETROIT (AP) — The state is urging awareness of two invasive species: A fast-growing weed that could eventually threaten Christmas tree farms and nurseries, and a colorful little fly that could threaten crops like grapes, apples and hops. The state Department of Natural Resources, and Department of...

Officials take down Asian giant hornet traps but keep watch

Dec. 4, 2020 8:08 AM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — All Asian giant hornet traps in Washington state will be taken down by Dec. 23 in preparation for winter. Washington State Department of Agriculture spokesperson Karla Salp said Thursday that Asian giant hornet workers and drones are expected to die off this winter, and the queens...