With hunting seasons opening, noxious weeds are a threat

Jaclyn Brandt

With hunting seasons opening, noxious weeds are a threat

CREATED Sep. 27, 2012

Idaho’s main hunting seasons are set to open shortly and this means thousands of people will be traversing Idaho’s back country, something that has state noxious weed officials warning could unknowingly lead to the spread of noxious weeds and weed seeds from infested areas to weed free areas.

According to Roger Batt with the Idaho Weed Awareness Campaign, most noxious weeds are in their seed-stage right now. "So that means it’s crucial that people in Idaho outdoor regions be extremely careful not to pick up and spread noxious weeds and weed seeds from one area to another,” said Batt.

Noxious weeds can attach themselves to ATVS and other off-road vehicles, animals and hunting gear. "Even a few seeds can start a new noxious weed outbreak," said Batt. Officials warn that you should drive and hunt only in designated areas and roads.

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