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New Zealand Mud Snails Invade Truckee River

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Officials with the Nevada Department of Wildlife are concerned about what are called New Zealand Mud Snails.

Chris Crookshanks is a fisheries biologist with NDOW. He said they're living in a one mile section of the Truckee River in Sparks and that's a huge concern.

"They reproduce at such a rapid place and they have no known predators. What happens is they will out compete native bugs, native snails for food and space, which would lead to a reduction in our native populations of snails and invertebrates."

When he said reproduce, he's not kidding. One snail can produce 40 million offspring in one year.

So far, they have found three of them between the East McCarran Bridge and Rock Park.

He says they will be conducting tests over the next few months to determine how rapidly the New Zealand Mud Snail population is growing in the Truckee.

Crookshanks said once these snails are here, there is no way of getting rid of them.

He said more than likely, the New Zealand Mud Snail got in the Truckee from a kayak.

So, he has a message for those of you who like to take to the water.

"Any gear that's in the water; your waders, your wading boots, kayaks, once you're done on the river, please clean, drain and dry that equipment."

He said to let your gear dry at least 48 hours or you can freeze your gear as well.

That warning is also important for boaters, especially with Memorial Day coming up.

NDOW just announced watercraft inspection stations for this weekend at Lahontan Reservoir, Rye Patch Reservoir, and Wildhorse Reservoir.

Written by Chris Ciarlo

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