Invasive Snail Found In North Coast Waterway

EUREKA, Calif. (AP) - Wildlife officials say an invasive snail from New Zealand has been found in an area of Big Lagoon, north of Eureka.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist Greg Goldsmith says the New Zealand mud snail can blanket whole areas and effect a lake's
ecosystem.

As of now, there is no way to eradicate the snail. Goldsmith says experts will try to prevent the snail's spread and says boaters and fisherman will have to take better care to thoroughly wash their waders and boats of the invasive pests.

The snails were first found in Big Lagoon in early September. The snail was first identified in the U.S. in the 1980s in Idaho's Snake River. It has since spread to at least 10 states.

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Information from: Times-Standard, http://www.times-standard.com

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

AP-NY-09-27-08 2245EDT


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