Hunters have a chance this month to do their part in preventing the spread of invasive species. The Van Buren Conservation District’s Eleanor Serocki tells WSJM News a hunter should clean off their gear and boots before moving from one forest to another. That’s because small pieces of invasive plants can get on those things and then cause their spread elsewhere. That could be bad for deer habitat.
“Species like the garlic mustard or the Japanese stiltgrass that we just found down by Niles can swamp out all of the plants that deer need on the forest floor,” Serocki said.
Serocki asks hunters to help preserve the forest so there’s a good deer population next year. You can find more information on the invasive species threatening Michigan habitat right here.
Pictured: hemlock wooly adelgid.