Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks create new bureau to combat invasive mussels

MONTANA - In order to help combat the spread of invasive mussels in Montana, the state Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks is creating a new bureau.

Officials are hoping to have the Aquatic Invasive Species Bureau operational by March. A Bureau supervisor has yet to be named.

The new bureau will collect at least 1,500 samples from 200 bodies of water when it's up and running.

They will also oversee watercraft inspection stations and decontamination stations. Last fall, it was confirmed invasive mussel larvae was in the Tiber Reservoir.

The Canyon Ferry Reservoir, the Milk River, and parts of the Missouri River are suspected to have invasive mussels, as well.