Heartland Outdoors

Top 10 worst invasive species

Thu, March 01, 2012

By WILDLIFE FOREVER

The Silent Invaders are here!  They are living, multiplying and wreaking havoc all around us. It sounds like a Hollywood movie script or even a nightly 6:00 evening news spoof. But unfortunately it is real.  America’s lakes, streams, forests and prairies are under deadly attack!

Celebrating National Invasive Species Awareness Week, Wildlife Forever announces the “TOP 10” Invasive Species Threats to Hunting & Fishing.  The goal is to sound the alert to anglers, hunters and all outdoor recreational users - Winning the war against invasive species has become critical and prevention is the most effective method to stop the spread.  To conserve and defend our treasured fish & wildlife resources, it is vital all recreational users understand how invasive species will ultimately change America’s outdoor heritage.

America is indeed under attack by invaders like zebra and quagga mussels, Asian carp, Canada thistle, feral hogs and the list goes on and on.  These serious threats are damaging hunting and fishing by destroying habitat, devastating the food chain, impeding recreation and costing billions of dollars annually to fight back.

“I realize if we continue to do nothing, stand by and only watch, the alternative is too grim to contemplate,” said Doug Grann, President of Wildlife Forever.  “I’d hate to think I left my boys and grandson with the knowledge I gave away their wildlife heritage simply because I sat by and watched it happen, doing nothing to prevent it.”

Wildlife Forever’s mission is to conserve America’s wildlife heritage through conservation education, preservation of habitat and management of fish and wildlife. As the nonprofit conservation arm of the North American Hunting Club and North American Fishing Club,
Wildlife Forever represents the conservation interests of 1.3 million members.


Top 10 Invasive Species Threats to Hunting & Fishing

1.  ZEBRA & QUAGGA MUSSELS
WANTED DEAD for devastating the food chain, reducing fish populations; destroying spawning habitat; encrusting boats and docks, and wreaking havoc on equipment and on fishing.

2.  ASIAN CARP
WANTED DEAD for taking over rivers and streams, replacing sport fish populations; impeding navigation and causing injury, even possible death, to boaters on the waters.

3.  CANADA THISTLE
WANTED DEAD for choking out native prairie grasses and plants; providing no food value; driving deer, wild turkeys and other wildlife out of traditional habitat.

4.  HYDRILLA
WANTED DEAD for limiting access for boating, fishing and waterfowl hunting; dense beds destroying sport fish spawning grounds; out competing native plants and, once mature, degrading fishing.

5.  BUCKTHORN
WANTED DEAD for killing hardwood forests; eliminating native mast producing trees important to deer and turkey; choking woodland travel corridors and decreasing overall productive habitat.

6.  ROCK SNOT - DIDYMO
WANTED DEAD for smothering food sources for trout and salmon; covering spawning habitat and insect life with ooze; wreaking havoc on fishing and access to fishable waters.

7.  EMERALD ASH BORER
WANTED DEAD for destroying 100 million ash trees, creating loss of habitat and fire zones imperiling wildlife, humans and property. At stake, 7.5 billion trees.

8.  WHIRLING DISEASE
WANTED DEAD for killing trout and salmon.  When an infected fish’s death occurs, millions of parasitic spores release back into the water, which are virtually indestructible surviving for up to 30 years to kill again.

9.  FERAL HOGS
WANTED DEAD for wanton destruction of habitat; consumption of acorns and mast denying essential food from deer, wild turkey and quail; eating eggs of ground nesting birds; killing fawns and maliciously uprooting riparian areas.

10.  PURPLE LOOSESTRIFE
WANTED DEAD for eliminating productive fish and wildlife habitat to the tune of 500,000 acres of wetlands annually; offering no food value; reducing waterfowl nesting and fish nursery areas.

Comments

no mute swans? in the 2 or 3 yrs since i discovered them their numbers around our area have increased significantly. theyre everywhere now.

Posted by t_hrms on March 01

Where’s kudzu on the list?

Posted by birdchaser on March 01

can we put poachers on this list? Hahahaha

Posted by BucknBass84 on March 01

Don’t forget Russian/Autumn Olive, and Honeysuckle.

Posted by aerosmith16 on March 01

Garlic mustard? Parsnips?  I guess at least you can eat those.

Posted by Murdy on March 01

+1 Kudzu

Posted by Walston on March 01

What about the white man?

Posted by Chupacabra Crappie on March 01

In Illinois, I think teasel has outstripped canada thistle as a problem. Take a look at the roadsides, it’s everywhere. Once it starts, it takes over.

Posted by springer on March 01

EQIP has cost share available for brush management in timber if you have a forest management plan that lists noxious invasive species control in it.
Bush honeysuckle is one we are dealing with a lot.  I have landowners applying for cost share and you can do three years of treatment on the same acres. 

If you dont have a forest management plan you can apply for one if you have at least ten contiguous non CRP acres of timber.

Posted by TMalone on March 02

Buckthorn?  White nose fungus?  Oh yeah, and white man. smile

Posted by Walston on March 02

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