Zebra mussels may have spread to Prior Lake

  • Article by: BILL McAULIFFE and LAURIE BLAKE , Star Tribune staff writers
  • Updated: April 10, 2009 - 11:49 PM

DNR officials fear the invasive pests could spread to other metro lakes, including Minnetonka.

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mooshkiApr. 10, 0912:34 PM

Please don't forget the gypsy moths and buckthorn!

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vicdamanApr. 10, 09 9:03 PM

Politically, fishermen are untouchable. Don't expect any rules limiting access to any of Minnesota's, or inspections of any kind.

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DLB1959Apr. 10, 09 9:05 PM

Yes the boaters have some responsibility, but please, they hitch a ride on Geese and other birds too.

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mom2jelApr. 10, 09 9:42 PM

It's the recreational boaters/watercraft that don't give a darn about checking their watercraft. Prior Lake gets a LOT of idiot boaters that have no clue or care about boating where others may live. Our family has had land on Prior Lake since the 1920's and have seen the idiots increase quite a bit on the lake every year for the past 15 years. My young children can not even swim out into the lake any distance because the fools on the watercraft have no clue about no-wake zones and will drive full-speed inside the no-wake bouys set up at landowner's expense to try and inform above mentioned idiots... then other jerks come along and steal those bouys that cost $100-$200. We may live on the lake, but it's a family home; we're not wealthy but would like others to respect our "backyards" waterfront.

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nopigeonholeApr. 10, 09 9:56 PM

you do not have a clue as to what you are talking about. Fisherman have been subjected to plenty of poor decisions based on politics. The whole treaty based mess on Mille Lacs is based on politics. Taxpayers fund 2 bureaucracies to monitor the lake. Our own DNR and the tribe has their fisheries biology agency. The tribe's is federally funded and the DNR is state funded, all taxpayer dollars. The indian's agency duplicates our own DNR's excellent work. That money could instead be spent on habitat improvement such as monitoring vehicles at launches. The sate also pays a % of fishing license sales to the Leech Lake band so that they do not net spawning fish the way the Mille Lacs band does. More misspent money. Mn is one of the only states that doesn't tax indian casino income. Minnesota's indians are the untouchables when it comes to politics. It would be very naive to think different.

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memorylaneApr. 11, 09 5:09 AM

Zebra mussels are better than bed bugs. Those bed bugs are very blood thirsty.

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dinodinoApr. 11, 09 5:43 AM

Leave it to immature people to ruin everything. No ones responsiblity these days cause all you have to say "Oh I didn't mean too, it was an accident." We need to teach more responsibility by individuals. You would think with all the money that goes to wildlife from the lottery, we could do more to prenvent stuff from happening. What do the lottery proceeds do for the wildlife? Show me the money!

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Mudder_13Apr. 11, 09 6:18 AM

It's not just one group of people that are to blame. Stop looking for a scapegoat. It only takes one careless person to spread these from one lake to another, and lets not forget about the waterfowl that play their part in our ever-changing enviroment. For the most part the fishing community is probably more educated about identifying these species as they need to keep up every year with the new regulations and exotic species are covered in the Free fishing regulation booklets. Pick one up, even if you don't fish. Only by working together as a community can we preserve our precious natural resourses. They are there for everyone to enjoy.

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fishheadApr. 11, 09 7:36 AM

Once VHS hits Lake Superior it will likely be transported to inland MN lakes in a fisherman's livewell as the DNR looks the other way. Instead of dealing the most obvious vector the DNR spent taxpayer dollars to lobby against some kid keeping a sunfish in his home aquarium.

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mnbasscatApr. 11, 09 6:15 PM

First, what does having a BASS boat have to do with this topic? There are several different classifications of boats on the waters and I am sure the Zebra Mussels aren't particular as to which kind of boat they hitch a ride in. Don't be too quick to judge a person by the boat they drive. Second, virtually all of the people I know who fish are very concerned with the transportation of invasive species because they directly effect the rescource they are very passionate about and don't want to destroy that rescource.

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