(Madison, WI) — Wisconsin has its first-ever conviction under its invasive species law. The state’s Department of Natural Resources yesterday said a judge ordered the Louisiana Crawfish Company to pay over 34 thousand-dollars in fines for shipping and selling red swamp crayfish. The crayfish are banned in Wisconsin because of the damage they may do to the state’s waterways. The case started in 2020 when neighbors in Ozaukee County spotted a crayfish acting ‘aggressively.’ It apparently escaped from a crayfish boil at a near-by house. That touched-off an investigation that ended with a guilty plea and the 34 thousand-dollar fine.

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