Invasive carp removal effort to start soon on Mississippi River near La Crosse

The effort, led by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – Minnesota DNR will soon start an intensive invasive carp removal effort in pool eight of the Mississippi River near La Crosse.

The DNR will use a method that combines netting and herding to drive and concentrate invasive carp from a large area of water into a small zone for removal.

It is the first time this method has been used in Minnesota or Wisconsin waters and the first time it has been used anywhere as an early detection and rapid response technique.

Getting rid of the carp will help creatures in and out of the water.

“They jump out of the water. They can hit people. They’re dangerous to a lot of those kind of, those kind of things. They’re also really destructive to native populations of fish,” Minnesota DNR invasive carp field lead Ben Larson.

The Minnesota DNR will work with the Wisconsin DNR, U.S. Geological Survey and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.