Monday, September 10, 2012

Zebra Mussel Search In Pelican Lake

Pelican Lake at Breezy Point was designated as infested waters last July, when DNR divers found two zebra mussels near Gooseberry Island.  Since that time, divers and residents have found additional zebra mussels in various locations of the lake. 

The Pelican Lakes Association feels it is an early infestation and is urging everyone that uses or has property on Pelican Lake to join in the search.  

The association in staging a search for the invasive to slow its spread, not an easy task in an 8,300 acre lake.

Searchers as asked to check shallow water (typically less than ten feet deep) on hard surfaces like rocks, dock poles, boat lifts, swim platforms, pontoons, or attached to a native mussel.   The mussels could be found inside a dock or lift post where they are not visible.    

Zebra mussels are about the size of a fingernail and hard to spot.  

Report the finding immediately to local DNR invasive species specialist, Dan Swanson, at 218-833-8645.   You can drop off specimens at the DNR office or someone will come to your home to pick it up.

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