Canines to Help Fight Invasives

  Zebra Mussels (wildlife.utah.gov).

Zebra Mussels (wildlife.utah.gov).

     The Flathead Basin Commission and several other Montana organizations have been training dogs to sniff out invasives. “I think we are likely to try and go forward with this and make this a permanent program,” said Caryn Miske, Flathead Basin Commission Executive Director. The dogs will be used to locate invasives on boats as they enter and leave public boat docks. The state estimates it would cost around $80 million annually if zebra and quagga mussels invaded. Something they hope Wicket, one of the dogs in the program, can help them avoid.