BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) _ North Dakota wildlife officials plan to get tougher on people who violate laws aimed at preventing the spread of aquatic nuisance species.
Game and Fish Department enforcement chief Robert Timian says violations have brought more warnings that citations in the past. But he says that's changing after years of officials informing the public about the harmful consequences of spreading unwanted species.
Timian says warnings are good during the information phase but that citations send a message that Game and Fish is serious about stopping the spread of unwanted species.
Rules include draining water from boats before leaving a lake and cleaning aquatic vegetation from watercraft and trailers.