MN Leads the Way; Dogs Sniff for Aquatic Invasive Species

Posted at: 05/07/2013 12:21 PM
Updated at: 05/07/2013 12:41 PM
By: Kate Renner

Days away from the fishing opener, a lot of boaters and anglers are itching to get out on the lakes. But some of those boats might have zebra mussels on them. So, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is using dogs to help prevent the spread of invasive species this summer.

Using dogs sniffing for zebra mussels is five to 15 times faster than relying on the human eye and they have a better success rate.

The DNR will be targeting certain lakes with big infestations, like Lake Minnetonka.

Minnesota is the second state in the country to use dogs to sniff for zebra mussels; the only other state is in California.