Zebra mussels have been found live in Lake Texoma, on the Texas-Oklahoma border, a lake made by damming the Red River. Video from WFAA, Channel 8 in Dallas. Press release from Texas Parks and Wildlife.
All of a sudden Texans have a powerful reason to worry about evolution (the mussels are evolving to live in warmer waters?), climate change, ecosystem destruction by exotic species, and water pollution.
Zebra mussels are a bigger problem than any other undocumented immigrant.
If you find a suspected zebra mussel, here are the numbers to call:
- In Texas-(800) 792-4263
- In Oklahoma-(405) 521-3721
- Archives of the Western Zebra Mussel Task Force (1995)
- National Invasive Species Information Center (Department of Agriculture)
- Invasive.org, Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health
- Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks video on how to prevent mussel investations – for boat owners