Colorado’s Least Wanted: Profiles of Some of the Most Destructive Aquatic Nuisance Species Threatening Colorado
Credit: Colorado Outdoors Online
The historical Wild West is famous for its outlaws and ruthless invaders. Had you visited most any Colorado town in the 1870s, you would have likely seen wanted posters with photos and descriptions of the most infamous villains and the crimes for which they were sought “dead or alive.” Thankfully, we live in a more civilized era today, but there are still dangerous and menacing invaders out there that are threatening Colorado and the West.
Aquatic nuisance species (ANS), also known as aquatic invasive species, are one of the most significant and rapidly growing threats to Colorado’s natural resources. In nearly every direction, non-native and exotic invasive animals, plants and pathogens exist that could devastate our fisheries, negatively impact boating and outdoor recreation and even affect water delivery systems.
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