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Invasive Japanese beetle lands in Vancouver; city parks to be sprayed

Vancouver Courier, Jessica Kerr, May 24, 2018 - VANCOUVER. Province orders city to spray 19.3 hectares of public land with larvacide in attempt to eradicate beetle before it spreads. The Japanese beetle, an invasive pest that can significantly damage plants, gardens and agricultural crops, has landed in Vancouver. “This is a very serious pest,” said Dr. Jane Pritchard, director of plant and animal health, and chief veterinary officer, with the Ministry of Agriculture. “We are very worried about it escaping the area.”

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Voracious plant-eating Japanese beetle found in downtown Vancouver

Alaska Highway News, May 25, 2018. VANCOUVER — Plants and soil can't be moved across a wide swath of Vancouver after the discovery of the Japanese beetle. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says plants and soil can't leave an area that includes neighbourhoods in False Creek, Chinatown and Mount Pleasant.

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Five things to know about the Japanese beetle threatening Vancouver

May 24, 2018, Vancouver Sun, Patrick Johnston - VANCOUVER. The Japanese beetle has been spotted in Vancouver and the race is on to keep the invasive species from spreading. Here are five things to know about the beetle and efforts to eradicate the half-inch bugs.

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B.C. attempts to eradicate invasive Japanese beetle in Vancouver’s False Creek area

StarMetro Vancouver, Wanyee Li, May 24, 2018. VANCOUVER - The invasive Japanese beetle has arrived in B.C. in a big way - about 850 of them were found in Vancouver’s David Lam Park. Inspectors first discovered the beetle in the city last summer, according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). Adult beetles are voracious feeders and can destroy a wide variety of plants including grass and shrubbery, as well as crops.

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Japanese Beetle in Vancouver

May 24, 2018 - CBC News Vancouver at 6 - VANCOUVER. Watch video coverage of Japanese Beetle in Vancouver, what the impact could be, what's being done and how you can help.

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Invasive Mussel Defence Program ramping up for another year

BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, May 11, 2018 - VICTORIA. Funding updated May 14, 2018, for clarification. For the first time, the Government of British Columbia is ensuring there will be dedicated, significant annual funding for B.C.'s Invasive Mussel Defence Program, to help protect the province’s waterways from the environmental, economic and social impacts these invasive species can have.

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Province issues funds to combat invasive plants

Morning Start Staff, May. 2, 2018 12:30 p.m. WILLIAMS LAKE - Province issues funds to combat invasive plants. Victoria doles out nearly $8 million to 34 provincial municipalities, groups, regional districts. Municipalities and groups will share in $7.7 million in grants provided by the Ministry of Forests to manage the spread of invasive plants in B.C. The grants are part of a multi-year funding program that will see the money distributed to 34 regional invasive species organizations, local governments, environmental groups and researchers, as well as the Invasive Species Council of British Columbia.

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HCTF Invasive Mussels Lake Monitoring Grants

The Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation (HCTF) has created a new granting program to fund invasive mussel monitoring in British Columbia’s lakes and rivers. This program is made possible by a $450,000 contribution from BC’s Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy. 

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BC Invasive Mussel Defence Program Oct ‘17 Status Report Released

Invasive mussel inspection stations opened on April 1, 2017. As of October 16, over 35,000 watercraft have been inspected and crews have interacted with approximately 73,300 people to promote Clean, Drain, Dry. Read the report for the full status update August 21 - October 16, 2017.

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Goldfish threatening native fish species in B.C. Interior

CFJC Today, December 12, 2017; Jill Sperling. KAMLOOPS, BC — The Invasive Species Council of BC is reminding pet owners to be responsible when their animals are no longer wanted. Exotic animals such as Koi carp, the European rabbit, and the American Bullfrog are considered invasive when released into the wild. One species that is especially damaging is goldfish. While they make excellent pets, goldfish threaten native eco-systems when introduced into B.C. lakes.  

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