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Wyoming invasive species check stations begin to close as boating season winds down

Boaters enjoying a late summer day, boating near Fremont Canyon at Alcova Reservoir (File Photo; Trevor T. Trujillo, Oil City News)

CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Game and Fish Department said on Tuesday that aquatic invasive species (AIS) check stations are beginning to close or reduce hours as boating season winds down.

“Check stations throughout the state will start to close or reduce their hours beginning this month,” Game and Fish said. “However, it is a requirement that any watercraft transported into Wyoming from March 1 through Nov. 30 must undergo a mandatory inspection by an authorized inspector prior to launching.”

Boaters who need to get a check completed can do so by stopping by a Wyoming Game and Fish office or any private certified inspector.
 
“Any watercraft that has been in a water infested with zebra/quagga mussels within the last 30 days is required to undergo a mandatory inspection by an authorized inspector prior to launching during all months of the year,” Game and Fish AIS Coordinator Josh Leonard said.

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People can check for inspection hours at locations where they can get checked along their routes.

“Game and Fish also has a listing of private inspectors who may operate outside of normal hours or by appointment,” the department said. “Keeping aquatic invasive species from spreading to and within Wyoming is a priority for Game and Fish. For more information on what all water users can do to prevent the spread of AIS and the state requirements for boaters, visit the AIS webpage.”