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Zebra mussels confirmed in 4 more Minnesota lakes


ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed four new reports of zebra mussels in state lakes: Lake Sallie in Becker County; Lake Andrew in Douglas County; Lac qui Parle in Chippewa, Lac qui Parle and Swift counties; and Big Birch Lake in Todd and Stearns counties.

“New zebra mussel infestations are often discovered at the end of the boating and fishing season, when docks and lifts are being taken out of the water,” said Heidi Wolf, DNR invasive species unit supervisor, in a release.

“It is important to carefully check for zebra mussels on docks and lifts, and Minnesota law requires that they be allowed to dry for at least 21 days before they can be placed in another body of water. If docks and lifts can be left out of water over winter before being installed in a new water, that’s optimal.”


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