Public information meeting to be held on invasive New Zealand mudsnail
Contact: Susan Graham (608) 275-3329
Researchers recently confirmed the presence of New Zealand mudsnails in Black Earth Creek, a popular trout fishing destination. This marks the first time this harmful invasive species has been found in the inland Midwest. Working together with partners from UW-Extension and the River Alliance of Wisconsin, department staff are hosting an informational meeting on Thursday, December 12 at 7:00pm at:
Cross Plains American Legion Hall
2217 American Legion Drive
Cross Plains, WI 53528
Speakers will share information on the biology and distribution of the snails, as well as their potential impact on Wisconsin trout streams and ways to prevent their spread. It is currently unknown whether the mudsnails are present outside of Black Earth Creek, so department staff will also share plans to monitor other at-risk waterways with the help of volunteers.
One highlight of the meeting will be to share how residents and visitors to the Driftless area can prevent the mudsnails from moving to surrounding trout streams. Tiny at only 1/8 inch, they are easily transported and harder to kill than many invasives Wisconsin has dealt with in the past. The department and partners have identified several effective methods to remove New Zealand mudsnails that work for both boating and wading equipment.
For more information about these snails, go to http://dnr.wi.gov/ and search New Zealand Mudsnail.