Researchers continue battle against invasive Louisiana red swamp crawfish species in Michigan

DNR officials hunt for Louisiana red swamp crawfish species

DETROIT - Local 4 has learned more about the battle against the invasive Louisiana red swamp crawfish species in Michigan.

A year ago, we showed you DNR officials hunting and digging for the illegal and invasive species in Michigan.

Now, Local 4's Paula Tutman is back along the water with an update on the search.

DNR: Record amount of illegal red swamp crayfish seized in Southeast Michigan

The hauls are alarming. On Thursday, 273 Louisiana red swamp crawfish were pulled out of a man-made retention pond in Novi, and it was considered a slow day.

For a year, a program funded by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources partnered with Michigan State University to study and contain the species, which was discovered last year.

VIDEOWhen a crawfish goes for a walk on the Detroit Riverfront ... this happens!

The creatures are aggressive and wreak havoc on other wildlife, as well as the environment, officials said. They dig deep burrows that soften the ground near waterways and can become pitfalls.

You can watch Paula Tutman's full story in the video posted above.

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