Mussel-sniffing dog

Tugboat, a mussel sniffing dog, helped Amistad National Recreation Area prevent and detect signs of zebra mussels during boat inspections last year. The detection program has come back to Lake Amistad this summer. A dog and dog handler team will be working at Lake Amistad until July 19. Park visitors are being asked by management to observe social distancing guidelines during boat inspections to minimize risks of COVID-19 contagion.

Amistad National Recreation Area will be working once again with a detection canine team to protect the reservoir from the threat of invasion by non-native species, such as zebra and quagga mussels.

Resource management staff from Amistad National Recreation Area have been conducting boat inspections since 2015. The main goal of these inspections is to prevent the spread of invasive mussels by ensuring that there is no standing water with possible microscopic larvae or adult mussels in the boats and by educating the public about threats posed by these ecologically harmful, aquatic, invasive species.

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