Asian Carp Wriggles Closer to Great Lakes
Scientists, policy makers, and outdoorsmen of all stripes are continuously fighting against the invasion of destructive foreign species into their domains. (No, not out-of-town tourists.)
Species like zebra mussels and Asian carp threaten to overwhelm native species completely and disrupt commerce and recreation throughout the United States, especially in the Great Lakes where so much of both still funnel through the region.
Asian carp has still not yet been sighted in Great Lakes waters, but they got closer than ever before this week when an Asian carp was found in a canal just outside Lake Michigan among the remains of thousands of fish killed off in a controlled manner this week.
No Asian carp has been formally identified yet in the Great Lakes proper, but zebra mussels have settled in to stay for over 20 years now. It's not clear how to eradicate them or even if it's possible, so prevention remains the only treatment available.
And no, you can't knock down two birds with one stone and try feeding the Asian carp to the tourists. However, as pictured above, Asian carp have no predilections against slapping the snot out of one.