Invasive Species Controlled by Sniffing Dogs

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Mandatory invasive species checks

invasive species sniffing dogsChecks for zebra and quagga mussels are mandatory in Alberta for any watercraft, even stand-up paddleboards.  Three permanent mussel-sniffing dogs, all rescue dogs, are part of the invasive species  inspection team.

The dogs sniff all the nooks and crannies of each boat.  If any mussels are found, they are pressure washed off to prevent the mussels from spreading to other lakes.

Potential $75 million loss  from invasive species

Because mussels could do such things as plug up irrigation pipes, a proliferation of the mussels could potentially cost the province of Alberta up to $75 million annually.

Read more on the Calgary Herald blog.


Photo courtesy The Calgary Herald

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