Posted: October 8, 2011 - 10:20am
By The Associated Press
KANOPOLIS, Kan. — State wildlife officials say zebra mussels have now been found in a 14th Kansas lake.
KWCH-TV reports an adult zebra mussel turned up in a stilling basin at Kanopolis Reservoir, with mussel larvae found in the lake itself. The reservoir and state park are located in central Kansas, about 30 miles southwest of Salina.
The invasive zebra mussels are not native to Kansas. They can multiple quickly, clogging water lines and intakes and crowding out native species.
The mussels typically spread between lakes by attaching to boats. The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism has cautioned boaters and lake users to inspect, clean and drain boats and other equipment before leaving a lake.
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