An invasive species is now just miles away from Illinois streams.  New Zealand mud snails have been found in a Wisconsin stream 45 miles north of the Illinois border. That’s too close for Kevin Irons of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. He says containment is the only option, so boaters and anglers should take care to avoid bringing the snails into Illinois rivers.
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“Any chemical that you would treat the snail with would likely kill the other very valuable resources there,” Irons said. “You will still have the native fauna, there’d just be less of them because they’ll be competing with the mud snail. We don’t have a silver bullet.”  The snails were first detected in Lake Michigan in 2008. They can be transported on boats, trailers, even clothing and fishing gear, since they can live for up to 50 days on a damp surface.
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