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Dogs help detect zebra mussels

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will be using three zebra mussel-sniffing K-9 teams for the first time this year to help combat the spread of aquatic invasive species.

Minnesota is the second state to use trained dogs in this manner. They will be used throughout the state during the open water season.

Earlier this year, conservation officers Todd Kanieski and Travis Muyres traveled to California to learn about the country's first program successfully utilizing mussel trained K-9's to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species.

"A K-9 can find a mussel on a boat much faster than a human inspector," Kanieski said.

A video of the dogs is available: http://youtu.be/lHk-aVQebhw.

The DNR will also have between 126 and 146 human watercraft inspectors stationed around the state at various lakes this summer.

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