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Georgia

Provides selected Georgia resources from agencies and organizations with an interest in the prevention, control, or eradication of invasive species.

Spotlights

  • More Zebra Mussels Found in Georgia: Public Urged to Keep Watch

    • Apr 20, 2021
    • Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Wildlife Resources Division.

    • Wildlife officials are warning Georgia boat owners to be on the lookout for an invasive species that could cause millions of dollars in damages throughout the state. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources says zebra mussels, an eastern European species that is considered invasive, were found on a boat taken to Lake Lanier after being used on the Tennessee River near Chattanooga.

  • Invasive Snakehead Fish Caught in Gwinnett County (Georiga)

    • Oct 8, 2019
    • Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Wildlife Resources Division.

    • The Georgia Department of Natural Resources' Wildlife Resources Division confirmed someone found a northern snakehead in early October in a pond on private property in Gwinnett County, marking the first time the invasive fish has been found in the state. Fishermen who find a northern snakehead should take pictures, note where it was caught and then report it.

  • Argentine Black and White Tegus: Invasive Lizards Threaten Native Georgia Wildlife

    • Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Wildlife Resources Division.

    • DNR and partners are working to eradicate a wild population of Argentine black and white tegus in Toombs and Tattnall counties in southeast Georgia. Growing up to 4 feet long and weighing 10 pounds or more, this lizard native to South America is an invasive species that threatens Georgia wildlife. Early detection, rapid response and public involvement are key to stopping tegus in this area. In Toombs and Tattnall, DNR's Wildlife Resources Division, the U.S. Geological Survey and Georgia Southern University are trapping tegus, tracking sightings and assessing the population. Tell DNR when you see a tegu in the wild, alive or dead. These reports help biologists document occurrences and respond effectively. Note the location, take a photo if possible and report the sighting:

  • Cogongrass in Georgia

    • Georgia Forestry Commission.

    • Cogongrass, Imperata cylindrica (L.), is considered the seventh worst weed in the world and listed as a federal noxious weed by USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service - Plant Protection and Quarantine. Cogongrass infestations are being found primarily in south Georgia but is capable of growing throughout the state. Join the cogongrass eradication team in Georgia and be a part of protecting our state's forest and wildlife habitat. Report a potential cogongrass sighting online or call your local GFC Forester.

State Specific Threats

Selected Resources

The section below contains highly relevant resources for this location, organized by source.

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