(KMSP) - Five more Minnesota lakes have been found to be infested with zebra mussels.
West Battle Lake and Otter Tail Lake in Otter Tail County, Lake Florida in Kandiyohi County, Pocket Lake in Douglas County and a network of abandoned mine pits in Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area in Crow Wing County.
"While any new infestation is serious, it's important to note that more than 98 percent of Minnesota lakes are not listed as infested with zebra mussels," said Ann Pierce, section manager for the DNR's Ecological and Water Resources Division. "Boaters and anglers, DNR-trained watercraft inspectors and enforcement officers, lake associations and many others are working to keep it that way."
State law requires boaters and anglers to clean their watercraft of aquatic plants and prohibited invasive species, drain all water by removing drain plugs, and dispose of unwanted bait in the trash.