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Invasive Plants are Threatening Ecological Balance
Invasive plant species also know as non-native or exotics have been introduced – either intentionally or accidentally- into areas outside their natural ranges. Wisconsin alone spends millions of dollars a year, both public and private, trying to combat invasive plants and animals.

While the Asian Silver Carp and zebra mussels make headlines, the majority of the population remain unaware of the damage exotic species have already done to the delicate food chain of wooded areas and other natural areas around the state.

Purple loosestrife was brought over at the turn of the century as a garden plant and it started to escape. Today it has infiltrated more than 40,000 acres of wetlands in the state. Honeysuckle and buckthorn prevent the regeneration of young trees, causing a long-term but very serious impact on forestry in Wisconsin.

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Invasive Crayfish Being Used as Bait - The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has recently discovered that anglers are purchasing red swamp crayfish from food markets and using them as live bait. It is illegal to import any live species of crayfish into Michigan for commercial bait purposes. Red swamp crayfish are native to the southeastern United States and are considered an invasive species in Michigan.

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