Wyoming considers boat inspection program a success
JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) ― The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has checked more than 35,000 boats for invasive zebra and quagga mussels through Labor Day weekend.
Twenty boats were determined to be high risk and were decontaminated. No living mussels were found.
The emergency inspections to prevent the mussels from getting established in state waters began in May. State lawmakers passed a law this year requiring the inspection of boats entering Wyoming park lakes and reservoirs.
The Jackson Hole News & Guide reports the state is calling the program a success thanks to strong support from boaters.
Through the start of September, more than 80 percent of the registered boats in Wyoming participated in the program.
Also this summer, several state lakes have been monitored for larval mussels but none have been found.
Information from: Jackson Hole News And Guide, http://www.jhnewsandguide.com