Latest Invasive species News

Asian insect known to kill native plants found in Indiana

Sep. 18, 2021 01:15 AM EDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Earlier this summer, a photograph of a spotted lanternfly taken in southern Indiana set off a huge effort to eradicate the insect that’s on the federally regulated invasive species list. The Vevay man’s picture was the first sighting of a...

Weed sniffin’ dogs root out noxious plants along Snake River

Sep. 11, 2021 10:12 AM EDT

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Finn the Labrador retriever was tuckered out, and her master, Lauren Wendt, knew it. This dog’s dogs were barking, the result of two consecutive days of her pooch pads pounding on the weathered, rounded rocks omnipresent along the Snake River. ...

Genetic mapping boosts hopes for restoring prized lake trout

Aug. 24, 2021 20:48 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Scientists have traced the genetic makeup of lake trout, a feat that should boost efforts to rebuild populations of the prized fish in the Great Lakes and other North American waters where they've been hammered by invasive species, overfishing and pollution,...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Aug. 19, 2021 18:28 PM EDT

Orlando Sentinel. August 17, 2021. Editorial: Put Florida’s manatees back on the endangered species list, before it’s too late The last time we wrote about Florida’s 2021 manatee die-off, the body count stood at 724. That...

Bug that could hurt Christmas tree industry found in Kent Co

Aug. 17, 2021 21:34 PM EDT

ROCKFORD, Mich. (AP) — An invasive bug that could threaten Michigan’s Christmas tree industry has been discovered in the western part of the state. The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development said Monday it had confirmed the presence of the balsam...

Red algae is a 'bummer' on Pine Point Beach

Aug. 17, 2021 15:10 PM EDT

SCARBOROUGH, Maine (AP) — Beachgoers are disappointed by the appearance of sticky and smelly red algae at Point Point Beach. The Asian red algae is an invasive species that tends to show up in early August, turning the sand and surf reddish-brown, town officials said. ...

Murder hornet sighted in Washington state's Whatcom County

Aug. 12, 2021 18:13 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The second sighting of a so-called murder hornet this year was reported by a person in Whatcom County this week, the Washington state Department of Agriculture said Thursday. The Asian giant hornet was reported by a Whatcom County resident on...

To fight invasive carp, Missouri scientists track the babies

Aug. 06, 2021 15:34 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — For decades, four invasive species of carp have been devouring plants, gorging on plankton and endangering an interconnected community of fish, plants and mollusks beneath the murky brown water of the Missouri River. At the same time,...

Native clover species being dropped from endangered list

Aug. 06, 2021 09:44 AM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A native plant called running buffalo clover that had been considered extinct is being removed from the federal endangered species list after bouncing back in a half-dozen states east of the Mississippi River, officials said Thursday. The...

Agency officials OK restoration plan for forest, grasslands

Jul. 31, 2021 18:45 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. Forest Service officials in New Mexico have approved a plan for restoration of wetlands and areas along waterways in the Carson, Cibola and Santa Fe national forests and the Kiowa National Grasslandx. The plan is intended to enhance wildlife...