Council assembles panel to study using weevil to fight houndstongue


April 17, 2019

HELENA — Montana is working to fight a pervasive invasive weed that is causing problems around the state.

In 1997, Canada began releasing the biological control agent Mogulones crucifer, a weevil, for the control of houndstongue, a highly invasive nonnative weed that is a serious nuisance for ranchers and outdoor enthusiasts.

The weed, which is present in Blaine, Chouteau, Hill and Liberty counties, has seeds that are extremely adhesive and stick to everything; leaves that are velvety and resemble a hound’s tongue, thus the name, reddish-purple flowers with five petals and grows 8 to...

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