Updated: July 16, 2020 02:29 PM
Created: July 16, 2020 01:49 PM
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said Thursday that zebra mussels have been confirmed at a lake in Becker County.
According to the DNR, zebra mussels were found in Long Lake, near Detroit Lakes. The DNR said the lake is upstream of Muskrat Lake, where zebra mussels were confirmed in 2017.
In addition to Long Lake, other waters closely connected to it may also be added to the infested waters list, the department said.
"It's helpful when lake users contact us if they find what might be an invasive species that's new to a lake," said Heidi Wolf, DNR Invasive Species Unit supervisor. "Early detection is important because it can help prevent spread to other lakes."
Whether infested or not, Minnesota law requires boaters and anglers at all lakes to:
The DNR said some invasive species are small and difficult to see. To remove or kill them, take one or more of the following precautions:
Zebra mussels compete with native species for food and habitat, and can also cut swimmers, reduce the performance of boat motors and damage water intake pipes.
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