Itasca County, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The aquatic invasive species the faucet snail has been found in Bowstring Lake in Itasca County.
Boaters are being urged to thoroughly check their vessels as they remove snails, plants and mud from their boats, trailers, anchors and other equipment.
Bowstring Lake will be designated as an infested water with signs posted to alert boaters.
The invasive snails were first discovered in the lake back in October, but further testing has confirmed that it is faucet snails.
The faucet snail, an aquatic snail native to Europe, was introduced to the Great Lakes in the 1870s and is harmful to waterfowl.
When waterfowl consume the infected snails, the adult snails attack the internal organs and cause lesions and hemorrhage. Infected birds appear lethargic and have difficulty diving and flying before eventually dying.
Faucet snails also compete with native snails, and may clog water intake pipes and other submerged equipment.
Posted to the web by Krista Burns