DETROIT - Invasive plants and animals cause harm to their environments.
Many invasive species are prohibited in Michigan, and reporting their presence in the state can help preserve the ecosystem.
Some species are categorized as ones that pose "an immediate or potential threat to Michigan's economy, environment or human health," according to the Department of Natural Resources.
Species on the watchlist either haven't been confirmed in the wild in the state or have a small distribution that is known. Reporting these species can help prevent an invasion.
There are different ways to report sightings, depending on the species.
There are a number of ways to report species that aren't on the watchlist but are still considered invasive.
Sepcies can be reported to the Midwest Invasive Species Information Network online or through the network's phone app.
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