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Louisiana outdoorsmen asked to help lessen spread of insect

2 years 1 month 3 weeks ago Monday, August 27 2018 Aug 27, 2018 August 27, 2018 12:41 PM August 27, 2018 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Photo: The Advocate

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana officials are asking outdoorsmen to help stem the spread of an insect they believe is killing off Roseau cane, an important marsh grass, in the southeastern corner of the state.

State wildlife and agriculture leaders suspect an invasive, fleshy white insect from Asia, dubbed Roseau cane scale, may be leading to the death of the grass. They're asking waterfowl hunters and fishermen not to transport Roseau cane or tie their boats to it and to take extra precautions to clean boats after they fish or hunt.

The Advocate reports the aim is to limit the spread of the Roseau cane scale, discovered in Louisiana in 2016. Damage to Roseau cane is worrisome because the grass is an anchor in Louisiana's eroding coastal marshes and helps protect an important waterfowl area.

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