The Texas Game Wardens just called in some help in their fight against zebra mussels.
Properly trained dogs can pretty much just do it all. As a society, we’ve trained dogs to help the disabled, track lost hikers, search out drugs, find deer sheds, and now dogs are going to be helping the law track down and eliminate zebra mussels before they even start in new waters.
Working Dogs for Conservation is responsible for helping train these dogs to search out the invasive zebra mussels at boat launches and marina’s. When Texas game wardens heard about this as an option, they jumped on board. Quickly, these working dogs went to work sniffing out zebra mussels on the sides of boats as they were leaving one lake to hopefully stop them before they could enter another.
As you are about to see, there just simply anything dogs can’t do.
Currently these dogs are just in the state of Texas as a try out, but perhaps once funding or more positive results appear, these dogs may become a permanent part of the fight against the invasive zebra mussel in the Lone Star state.
Currently, there is a $500 fine in place for anyone caught pulling a boat out of a lake and not cleaning out or emptying the livewells as well as not properly cleaning their boats.
Hopefully, the Texas game wardens can stop this problem before it becomes a major issue.