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By Rob Chaney
Missoulian 

Weevil roundup a success at Montana wildlife refuge

 


MOIESE, Mont. (AP) — The thumping of tubs and whipping of toadflax signaled the start of the National Bison Range's great weevil roundup of 2017.

Within minutes, more than a thousand of the little black bugs had been knocked from their leafy hideouts and tucked into waiting coolers, not to be mixed up with the other coolers full of soda for the volunteer wrangler crew.

About 40 people gathered by the Montana Noxious Weed Trust Fund recently and spent a morning literally beating the bushes on the far western edge of the 18,000-acre range for Mecinus janthiniformis, which loves to eat and l...



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