ST. PAUL — Waterfowl hunters are being asked to help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species such as purple loosestrife, zebra mussels, Eurasian watermilfoil and faucet snails, which can be transported in waterfowl hunters’ boats, decoys or blind material and other equipment without the proper precautions.

Hunters should clean plants and mud, and drain water from duck boats, decoys, decoy lines, waders and push poles to avoid the spread of aquatic invasive species.

Also, waterfowl hunters who want to use cattails or other plants for camouflage must cut them above the water line if they want to move them from lake to lake. They should not cut or move the seedheads of emergent non-native Phragmites, a restricted noxious weed in Minnesota also known as common reed.

Trappers also should clean their equipment before moving it to another body of water.

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