- Associated Press - Saturday, April 29, 2017

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) - Montana officials have created a new bureau that will be responsible for preventing, detecting and controlling aquatic invasive species.

The Flathead Beacon reports (https://bit.ly/2qgHtEE ) the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Park has hired former Idaho Aquatic Program Manager Thomas Woolf to lead the bureau. FWP spokesman Greg Lemon says Woolf will begin working by the middle of May.

Wildlife officials found invasive mussel larvae in Tiber Reservoir last fall. They suspect there are more larvae at Canyon Ferry Reservoir. Montana lawmakers have approved increased funding for preventative efforts.

Reports say Woolf has had extensive experience with invasive species throughout his career. He holds a master’s degree with an emphasis on invasive species from Minnesota State University, Mankato.

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Information from: Flathead Beacon, https://www.flatheadbeacon.com

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