The Washington State Invasive Species Council has identified 50 non-native species of concern. They include plants and animals ranging from mere nuisances to destroyers of habitat and threats to other species. We’ll focus on critters here.
What to do if you spot one
• Contact the Invasive Species Council hotline at 1-877-9-INFEST or firstname.lastname@example.org. Or make an online report at www.invasivespecies.wa.gov/report.shtml.
• Sending pictures of an animal, with a scale in the photo, will help experts identify it.
• The state Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Allen Pleus, who specializes in aquatic species, can be reached at email@example.com.
• Washington Invasive Species Education (from the Washington State Invasive Species Council): www.wise.wa.gov
• Washington State Invasive Species Council: www.invasivespecies.wa.gov/priorities.shtml
• Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife: wdfw.wa.gov/ais/species.html
• King County Web page on invasive plants and animals: www.kingcounty.gov/environment/animalsAndPlants/biodiversity/threats/Invasives.aspx
SOURCES: Washington State Invasive Species Council, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and Washington State University Extension