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7/7/2015 - Invasive Snail Enters Langlade County - Click here to print this information

An invasive snail spotted six years ago near Shawano has been found in a non-connected stream to the north. The D-N-R said faucet snails were confirmed in Elton Creek in Langlade County, near the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. The snails hold parasites that can kill waterfowl like coots and scaup. They do not hurt most other wildlife. An estimated 120-thousand birds have died in the Upper Mississippi River region since 2002. The D-N-R's Bob Wakeman tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that fishing gear or the trout-fishing waders may have caused the snails to appear in Elton Creek. Boats and other waterfowl may have also spread them. In 2009, the faucet snail was found in Shawano Lake. They've also been in the Wolf-and-Mississippi River systems. Other area sites will be checked later this month. State law requires boaters to clean the inside of their crafts once they leave, so invasive species are not spread.

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