Wardens Greet Boaters, Trying to Stop Invasive Species Spread - WBAY

Wardens Greet Boaters, Trying to Stop Invasive Species Spread

Suamico -

Wisconsin DNR wardens spend Saturday on patrol, targeting not only duck hunter and anglers, but the equipment they carry.

It's part of the state's effort to control the spread of aquatic invasive species.

"Alright make sure you get the weeds and everything off of it," Conservation Warden Darren Kuhn told a duck hunters at the Suamico boat landing.

Wardens will spend Saturday at landings in Brown and Oconto counties, checking boats and warning boaters of what could accompany them on their trip home.

"If you take that boat today from the Bay of Green Bay with this water, which we know has invasive species in it, and you take it to another inland lake or another marsh system that might not have these microscopic organisms, you now have just spread the problem," Kuhn said.

Typically the DNR targets this message during the summer.

But what wardens have found is a message just as important, to a different crowd of hunters and fishermen, in the fall.

"The water foul hunters who use far smaller boats and are in the near shore are a crowd that usually doesn't get touched," Kuhn said.

The targeted weekend brings a message the DNR hopes boaters latch onto year-round.

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