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New app lets public report and aid battle against invasive species


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INVADER: Purple star thistle an introduced pest.

If you see an infestation of giant hogweed or a creature that looks like a wild pig but isn't, who should you call?

The Washington's Invasive Species Council just made it easier for concerned people to report non-native, invasive plants and wildlife with the launch of the WA Invasives app.

With a few taps, you can take a photograph, collect geographic information and send your invasive species report directly to the Invasive Species Council. It will be verified by experts and then posted on a statewide map contained in the app.

The app, for Apple and Android devices, is free. It has been designed to provide information to identify 50 of the most threatening invasive species in and around...

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