State considers boat inspection program a success

Jackson, WY – The Wyoming Game and Fish Department announced that it checked more than 35,000 boats for invasive zebra and quagga mussels over Labor Day weekend.

Twenty boats were determined to be high risk and were decontaminated but no living mussels were found.

The emergency inspections to prevent the mussels from getting established in state waters began in May. State lawmakers passed a law this year requiring the inspection of boats entering Wyoming park lakes and reservoirs.

Through the start of September, more than 80 percent of registered boats in Wyoming participated in the program. Also this summer, several state lakes have been monitored for larval mussels but none have been found.