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Pick your poison with invasives
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The environmental psychodrama surrounding the discovery of Chronic Wasting Disease in Wisconsin in 2002 weighs heavily on the minds of government agencies and outdoor enthusiasts alike. But there is a new elephant stomping its way into our ecological living room. Whereas CWD comes to us in the form of a prion gone mad, the latest threat to our outdoor heritage eats like a pig at a slop trough, breeds almost year round and flings its body (up to 100 pounds) high in the air like an Olympic pole-vaulter. The Asian carp comes to us courtesy of fish farmers in the Deep South where a flood occurrence in the 1970s provided an avenue of escape to virtually every waterway in the Midwest.