zebra mussels

Maggie Mullen

Zebra and quagga mussels can devastate an ecosystem, and Yellowstone National Park is doing everything it can to keep them out. Most recently, that includes harnessing the power of a dog's snout.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The discovery of zebra and quagga mussels in Montana waterways has northwest Wyoming on high alert.

Starting on April 15, all boats entering Wyoming will have to be inspected to ensure that they’re not carrying any aquatic invasive species.

Until now, inspections were only required for boats that had been in waters that were known to be infested. But Beth Bear with the Game and Fish Department says they were worried that boaters could be in infested waters without knowing it.

She says invasives like zebra mussels can cause major problems.