Wyoming Weed and Pest offers tips to prevent the spread of invasive species at the Wyoming State Fair

CASPER, Wyo.– The Wyoming State Fair kicked off Tuesday and will run through Saturday in Douglas.

The Wyoming Weed and Pest Council is at the fair to help educate people on how to prevent the spread of invasive species.

“It takes a lot of preparation for the fair and it can take months,” said Erika Edmiston, district supervisor for Teton County Weed and Pest. “In addition to planning for food, water, cleaning and exercise, people should consider invasive species when caring for and showing their livestock.”

Invasive species can be spread through bedding, food and travel to the state fair, the Weed and Pest Council said in a news release.

“It is important to be aware of the potential ways in which weeds spread to and from the event,” the statement said. “No matter where these weeds end up, they harm native plants and wildlife.”

With 4-H kids from across the state attending the fair to showcase the animals they’ve raised, the Wyoming Weed and Pest Council offered tips to help spread invasive species.

“At State Fair, 4-H kids come from every county in the state to show off a variety of animal species that require different types of feed and bedding,” said Teresa Nicholson, office manager for Park County Weed and Pest, in the press release. “It’s up to us to know where our litter and food comes from to reduce the spread of invasive species.”

According to the Wyoming Weed and Pest Council, the five steps people can take to help prevent the spread of invasive species are:

1. When you start raising your pet, choose wood shavings or straw from a known weed-free source as bedding.

2. The feed should also be free of weeds. If any of your animals eat hay containing invasive species, you can be sure to find them on your property. In addition, invasive weeds are generally unpleasant to taste and sometimes toxic to livestock.

3. Before and after your trip, be sure to clean your shoes, clothes, and any other gear you might use at the salon. Also, clean the hooves of your cattle before transporting them.

4. You will also want to clean your vehicles, tires and trailers to remove any mud, seeds or plants trying to follow.

5. After having fun at the fair, repeat the same steps to make sure you and your pets don’t bring invasive species into your home.

Wyoming Weed and Pest Council

“Taking these precautions at the state fair (and anywhere) will help keep Wyoming wild and beautiful,” the statement read.

In addition to offering advice on how to prevent the spread of invasive species, the Wyoming Weed and Pest Council features animals at the Wyoming State Fair. The council is a sponsor of the fair.

“For more information about the Wyoming Weed and Pest Council, visit wyoweed.org and follow on Facebook and Twitter“, said the press release.

The council is made up of Wyoming’s 23 weed and pest districts.