Poison Hemlock found near Truckee River

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) -- Washoe County officials say a combination of Poison Hemlock and uneven ground has closed a popular trail near the Trucke River. The closure is happening on a nature trail at Dorostkar Park in west Reno, just downstream from Mayberry Park along the Truckee River.

Poison Hemlock is a naturally-occurring weed that is often found along the Truckee River. It is being seen in higher numbers this year because of the wet weather.

"That just gives all of our noxious weeds the ability to grow even more and we are seeing a lot of it; you might see it in your backyard with your weeds. So the same thing happens in a natural setting," said Colleen Wallace Barnum with the Washoe County Parks Department.

Poison Hemlock is different from poison oak or poison ivy; you don't really have to worry about touching it. But if you or your pet eat it, it can be deadly.

"Basically every part of the plant is poisonous. So the flower, the seed, the leaf, the stem, everything," said Wallace Barnum

The section of the park where the Poison Hemlock is most prevalent has been closed off. The trail in the area is also uneven because of flooding on Truckee River earlier in the year.