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Eurasian watermilfoil, zebra mussels, quagga mussels, and New Zealand mud snails are some of the invasive species found in Idaho. Often spread between waterways by hitching a ride on vessels and trailers, these non-native species can spread rapidly to the point that they can damage the environment and hurt the economy.

  • Due to the increasing threat of invasive species, the Idaho legislature has passed The Idaho Invasive Species Act of 2008, which outlines numerous regulations and penalties including the following.
    • You may not introduce an invasive species into the state of Idaho. Also, you may not buy, sell, distribute, or otherwise possess an invasive species within the state unless:
      • You have a permit issued by the Idaho Department of Agriculture (IDA) or ...
      • You meet other requirements specified in the Act such as keeping the invasive species in a sealed container during transport to a state authority.
    • The director of the IDA may inspect public or private land, bodies of water, or property to check for and/or destroy invasive species. This includes setting up inspection checkpoints around the state and issuing hold orders for any items where an invasive species is found.
    • Anyone who violates the regulations in the Act shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and may be fined up to $3,000, imprisoned in county jail for up to 12 months, or both. A person may receive additional civil penalties of up to $10,000.
  • If your boat has been in infested waters even briefly, it could be carrying fragments of an invasive species.