Latest Invasive species News

US forest chief, New Mexico governor sign stewardship pact

Nov. 14, 2019 4:21 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The chief of the U.S. Forest Service and New Mexico’s governor signed an agreement on Thursday aimed at strengthening relations as they work to represent diverse interests concerning natural resources on public forest lands. New Mexico became the ninth state to sign a so-called...

Agency: No invasive mussels found in Montana waterways

Nov. 13, 2019 5:27 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Testing of Montana waterways this year turned up no instances of invasive mussels, the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks said Wednesday. Under state policy, the agency will move to lift restrictions placed on Canyon Ferry Reservoir east of Helena after one suspicious water sample...

'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...

Officials to eradicate feral hogs at Land Between the Lakes

Nov. 8, 2019 4:06 AM EST

GOLDEN POND, Ky. (AP) — Federal and state officials plan to work together to eradicate feral hogs at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area. A statement from the U.S. Agriculture Department says several agencies will work together on an initiative that will include aerial operations and bait...

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...

Iranian man wants to be a Florida python hunter

Nov. 2, 2019 3:01 AM EDT

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — When Florida issued a call for python hunters, applications came in from near and very, very far — Iran, for instance, where one man sees a chance to fulfill his childhood dream. Mohammad Asghari is one of 2,600 applicants worldwide hoping to become a "python removal...

Maryland agriculture issues quarantine to contain lanternfly

Oct. 28, 2019 2:09 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland's Department of Agriculture has issued a quarantine in an attempt to contain the spotted lanternfly in Cecil and Harford counties. The Baltimore Sun reports the quarantine, announced Monday, restricts movement within the quarantine zone of regulated articles, such as...

Hard to kill: Aquatic plant found in lake after long fight

Oct. 26, 2019 12:46 PM EDT

BRANDON, Miss. (AP) — A yearlong fight has failed to eradicate an invasive aquatic plant from a Mississippi lake. Officials announced Friday that they've found giant salvinia remaining in the Pelahatchie Bay area of Ross Barnett Reservoir, north of Jackson. The fast-growing aquatic fern is native to...

Endangered wolf copes with being alone at Virginia museum

Oct. 20, 2019 9:05 AM EDT

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Living Museum's lone red wolf seemed to be in a good mood... His tail was down, his reddish coat flat, his ears forward. "Aw, he's being a goof today," said Robin Sutker, bird and mammal curator, as he rolled on the forest floor to rub a scent into his coat. It can be...