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Help stop the spread of harmful invasive species

Posted February 28, 2022


National Invasive Species Awareness Week runs through Saturday    


PHOENIX — Did you know that invasive quagga mussels cause millions of dollars in damage to boat motors, docks and water intake systems? 

Or that unwanted turtles, tortoises, and other pets illegally released into the wild can hurt our native species by introducing disease or outcompeting them for habitat and food?

The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) is participating in National Invasive Species Awareness Week, which runs through Saturday. The nationwide event aims to educate the public about the harmful impact of invasive animals, plants and other organisms. During the week, AZGFD will post information highlighting some of the invasive species in Arizona, and how people can help slow their spread.

“Invasive species don’t see or respect boundaries, which makes them a continent-wide problem that starts at home,” said Sabra Tonn, heritage data management system supervisor. “The good news is that we can all play a part in helping stop their spread.”

AZGFD and the North American Invasive Species Management Association encourage people to help in the following ways:

“Everyone can play a role in helping to prevent invasive species from impacting our natural environments,” Tonn said.

For more information about National Invasive Species Awareness Week, visit