The Asian Invasion Of Canada: Unwanted Biological Species In The Wild

The Asian invasion being discussed here refers to the many Asian species of fish, insects, and other lifeforms that have made their way into Canada. Here is more about this less-than-pleasant, non-human Asian invasion, and why these creatures need to be deported immediately.

Asian Carp

These giant carp with their sucker-like mouths are a complete nuisance. They were brought to America on board boats and released in the waters of the Mississippi River in the US at a time when fishing had depleted the waters of food. Asian carp fed the people there who lived off the land, but since then, fewer people consume this fish. Because their main predator chooses the supermarket over live bottom-feeding fish, the carp have multiplied and moved all the way up the US's biggest river and into Canada. Asian carp now infest the Great Lakes region and the lower waterways of Canada.

Zebra Mussels

Zebra mussels hitched a ride on the sides of ships coming from the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea in Asia Minor. They are a very hearty mussel, able to withstand any sort of water temperature, and they reproduce at an alarming rate. More terrifying, they consume thousands of kilos of the phytoplankton that is natural to Canada's waters. Without the phytoplankton, dozens of other species of fish and wildlife that need phytoplankton to survive will die out and/or leave the region to survive.

Asian Long-Horned Beetle

This beetle is the stuff of nightmares. Its long horns, which curve back from its head like a ram's, and its long legs make it quite the creepy sight. What is particularly dreadful is that this Asian bug burrows through Canada's beautiful maple trees, destroying the only source of Canadian maple syrup!

This nasty beetle rode here in ships carrying Asian maple and Asian hardwood furniture. Now it has infested the national tree of Canada. The biggest problem here is that once an infestation occurs, the tree can no longer be used to make syrup because the beetle turns the tree into a nesting ground, and pesticides cannot be used on any maple that is used for syrup production.

How You Can Help Stop Invasive Species

If you see the Asian long-horned beetle or spot an Asian carp while fishing, report it right away the Canadian Wildlife Service. If you use a boat for fishing or fun, scrape all mussels off the boat and flush the boat's ports before you place your boat in any other body of water to keep these mussels from spreading.

To learn more, contact an organization like the Alberta Invasive Species Council.

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