Zebra mussels confirmed in Cass, Becker counties

By: News Director Larissa Donovan

ST. PAUL– Zebra mussels have been confirmed in Cass and Becker counties.

According to a release from the Department of Natural Resources, the zebra mussels were first discovered by a Cass County watercraft inspector.

The inspector found a plant with attached zebra mussels on a boat coming from Hand Lake, and divers then found a 1-inch, adult zebra mussel in the same lake.

DNR divers also conducted a search of Upper Cormorant Lake in Becker County and found seven adult zebra mussels in four locations, and two smaller lakes and an unnamed wetland connected to Upper Cormorant will also be listed as infested with zebra mussels.

Minnesota state law mandates boaters to clean watercraft and trailers, drain all water by removing drain plugs, and dispose of unwanted bait in the trash.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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