New Zealand Mud Snail in Wyoming? YEP! Here’s What You Can Do To Help!

Did you know the New Zealand Mud Snail has been found in several locations in Wyoming?

The New Zealand Mud Snail Is Tiny

“The Wyoming Game and Fish Department recently confirmed the discovery of New Zealand mudsnails in the North Platte River near Casper and the Salt River south of Alpine in the Star Valley, according to a news release. This is the first finding on the North Platte River.” From MyCountry955

Of Wyoming’s 5 Most UNWANTED Aquatic Invasive Species, the NZMS is Number 2 on the List

Coming in at Number 2 of 5 in the Top 5 Invasive Species List on WGFD Website is the The New Zealand Mud Snail.

What IS (AIS), anyway?

“Aquatic invasive species (AIS) are organisms that are not native and cause significant harm to an ecosystem when introduced. Harmful impacts can occur to municipal water supplies, recreation, agriculture, aquaculture, and other commercial activities.”

How Can We Prevent The Spread of (AIS)?

If you are using New Zealand mudsnail infested waters please remember to:

According to the Wyoming Game And Fish Department – there are a few things that work to prevent the spread of NZMS.

DRAIN all water from your gear and equipment. This includes all types of watercraft, waders, boots, clothing, buckets – anything that comes into contact with the water.
CLEAN all equipment and gear of plants, mud and debris. Never move a plant or animal from one location to another.
DRY everything thoroughly. In Wyoming we recommend drying for 5 days in the summer, 18 days in the spring or fall, or 3 days at freezing temperatures.

An (AIS) MAP has been created and additional information can be found there. Thank you for helping to prevent the spread of the species.

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