Latest Invasive species News

Polish institute classifies cats as alien invasive species

Jul. 26, 2022 21:11 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A respected Polish scientific institute has classified domestic cats as an “invasive alien species,” citing the damage they cause to birds and other wildlife. Some cat lovers have reacted emotionally to this month's decision and put the key scientist...

Invasive beetle known to wipe out ash trees found in Oregon

Jul. 11, 2022 19:47 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Forestry officials in Oregon said Monday that an invasive beetle known for decimating ash trees throughout North America and Europe was recently discovered west of Portland. The Oregon Department of Forestry said the iridescent green emerald ash borer is...

Editorial Roundup: Michigan

Jul. 11, 2022 07:12 AM EDT

Traverse City Record-Eagle. July 10, 2022. Editorial: Our state history is a cautionary tale in selective facts When it comes to storytelling, perspective is everything. When it comes to state history, for too long many Michigan schoolchildren were told...

Blighted ash trees bring cost, hazards in Connecticut

Jul. 10, 2022 16:18 PM EDT

WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) — Years of attack by an invasive beetle species have decimated Connecticut’s population of ash trees, endangering power lines and roadways and stretching towns’ budgets as they attempt to remove potential hazards. The iridescent green emerald ash borer...

US to spend $9 million to bolster sagebrush ecosystems

Jun. 16, 2022 17:41 PM EDT

OROFINO, Idaho (AP) — Interior Secretary Deb Haaland on Thursday announced $9 million for 40 projects in Idaho and seven other Western states for sagebrush ecosystems to combat invasive species and wildfire, reduce the spread of juniper trees and promote community and economic stability. ...

Tennessee parks offer community service hours for students

Jun. 16, 2022 04:02 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee State Parks will offer volunteer work events at parks across the state this month for Tennessee Promise scholars to fulfill their community service hours. Tennessee Promise is a scholarship program that gives students the chance to attend college...

Conservationists say some Maine residents killing wrong moth

May. 25, 2022 10:32 AM EDT

HOLLIS, Maine (AP) — Some nature advocates are worried that Maine residents are killing the wrong caterpillar as they seek to wipe out an invasive species that causes a rash with its toxic hairs. The browntail moth caterpillar is an invasive pest that can cause a rash and...

First invasive European green crab found in Hood Canal

May. 20, 2022 15:17 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — An invasive European green crab was captured this week in Hood Canal, the farthest south the species has been found in the Salish Sea. Volunteers with Washington Sea Grant trapped the male European green crab in Nick’s Lagoon near Seabeck in Kitsap County, The...