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DNR confirms zebra mussels in Ideal Township's Kimble Lake

IDEAL TOWNSHIP--The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources confirmed zebra mussels in Kimble Lake. As with a recent confirmation at another Crow Wing County lake, zebra mussels were reported on boat lifts that were removed from the water at th...

IDEAL TOWNSHIP-The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources confirmed zebra mussels in Kimble Lake.

As with a recent confirmation at another Crow Wing County lake, zebra mussels were reported on boat lifts that were removed from the water at the end of the season.

A lake service provider business contacted the DNR after finding an adult zebra mussel on a boat lift in storage on a Kimble Lake beach. Invasive species staff from the DNR surveyed the lake and found one additional zebra mussel on a boat lift out of the water several hundred feet north of the public access.

"We want to remind lake property owners to carefully inspect docks and boat lifts once they're out of the water for the season," said Heidi Wolf, DNR invasive species unit supervisor, in a news release. "Several recent zebra mussel confirmations have been made because vigilant lake property owners, lake service providers and watercraft inspectors are checking docks and lifts."

Zebra mussels are an invasive (non-native) species that can compete with native species for food and habitat, cut the feet of swimmers, reduce the performance of boat motors, and cause expensive damage to water intake pipes.

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Less than 2 percent of Minnesota's 11,842 lakes are listed as infested with zebra mussels.

Visit www.mndnr.gov/AIS for more information on the state's aquatic invasive species regulations.

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