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Aquatic Invasive Species and Montana's Loons


Donna Love

Along with keeping nesting sites quiet in spring for Montana's nesting loons, Montana's loons now face a new threat, aquatic invasive species."

Montana's Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) are plants or animals that are non-native to Montana ecosystems, meaning they do not have natural diseases or predators to keep them in check. If introduced, their populations explode damaging the ecosystem they have invaded, impacting Montana's economic, environmental and/or human health.

Anyone who works or plays in and around water can unknowingly transport AIS and once established, complete eradication is usually impossible or prohibitively expensive. While several AIS are already present in loon country, the ones we want to focus on are non-nat...

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