Minnesota DNR finds zebra mussels in Cass County lake

Minnesota wildlife officials say they have found zebra mussels in a Cass County lake.

According to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), two of the agency’s K9s trained to detect zebra mussels were brought in for a search of Thunder Lake, located near Remer.

The K9s, as well as their conservation handlers, checked nearly two dozen properties as well as 50 pieces of equipment and found four zebra mussels attached to equipment next to the site of the original report. The report was made to the DNR in late October by a lake property owner who stated they found the invasive species on a boat lift being removed from the water for the season.

State law requires docks and lifts to be out of the water for at least 21 days after being removed from a body of water before being put into a different waterway.

The law also says anyone who moves a dock or lift from a shoreline property to an off-site location for storage or repair may need a permit.

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