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Wyoming invasive species check stations close; raffle with prizes for boaters still open

Alcova Marina (File Photo; Trevor T. Trujillo, Oil City News)

CASPER, Wyo. — As boating season winds down across the state, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department said on Monday that aquatic invasive species check stations have started to close.

“However, it is a requirement that any watercraft transported into Wyoming from March 1 through Nov. 30 must undergo a mandatory inspection by an authorized inspector prior to launching,” Game and Fish added.

People who need to have their watercraft inspected can either stop by a Game and Fish office or private certified inspector. The provide a  list of private inspectors online.

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“Any watercraft that has been in a water infested with zebra/quagga mussels within the last 30 days is required to undergo a mandatory inspection by an authorized inspector prior to launching during all months of the year,” Game and Fish AIS Coordinator Josh Leonard said.

Boaters who passed through Game and Fish aquatic invasive species check stations this year “still have time to submit their surveys to be entered into the 2020 Wyoming AIS Boater Appreciation Raffle,” according to Game and Fish.

“The last day to enter the raffle is November 30, and winners will be selected and posted on the Wyoming Game and Fish Department raffle webpage on December 1,” the department adds. “Boaters whose watercraft were inspected received a receipt with a unique identifying number. With this number, boaters can go to the Game and Fish website, fill out a short survey and submit their entry.”

Raffle prizes include:

  • a Nash Sub Z 23-quart cooler
  • Radar Weird Science Tube
  • a Connelly Blaze wakeboard package
  • guided fishing trips
  • coolers
  • a fish finder

Game and Fish adds: “Prizes have been donated by outdoor businesses that share a concern for the future of Wyoming’s waters: Marine Products, The Reef Fly Shop, Citimarine, West Laramie Fly Store and Buckboard Marina.”

This article originally appeared on Oil City News. Used with permission.