Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers!
We’ve all seen the bright orange signs along the highway directing travelers towing boats to pull over for mandatory inspections, but do you know why or just how important it is that you get your boat inspected when traveling?
Montana, Wyoming, Washington, Oregon and Idaho are the only states in the West still free of invasive quagga and zebra mussels. Boat inspections are an important part of the effort to keep our ecosystem clean and safe.
Let me introduce, Tobias, a conservation K-9 in training. Once training is complete, he will join the others on the aquatic invasive species detection team. This program helps keep invasive species, like zebra and quagga mussels, out of the ecosystem. When it comes to invasive species, once introduced, could cause billions of dollars in damage, and that’s no exaggeration!
The dogs in these conservation programs are truly incredible. The crew at Captain’s Marine fully supports the Working Dogs for Conservation Program and the Invasive Mussel Detection Project, which is why we were more than happy to allow them to use our location and the boats for training purposes. The WD4C team trains the world’s best conservation detection dogs and puts them to work protecting wildlife and wild places.
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