- Associated Press - Friday, June 26, 2015

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - State wildlife officials have discovered a new aquatic invasive species in South Dakota waters.

The South Dakota Games, Fish and Parks Department says a conservation officer in the southeastern part of the state recently encountered an angler who had illegally trapped crayfish for bait from the Missouri River below Gavins Point Dam. The officer suspected that rusty crayfish was among the illegal baitfish and subsequent samples obtained from the area confirmed the presence of the invasive species.

The department says rusty crayfish are an extremely aggressive species that typically compete with others for food and habitat.

Mike Smith with the Game, Fish and Parks Department says anglers should be aware that no live bait may be harvested in the portion of the Missouri River below Gavins Point Dam.

He adds that live rusty crayfish are illegal to possess and transport.

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