Montana has long been a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts, especially sports fisherman, but in the midst of what is normally a busy fishing time, the state has had to close almost 200 miles of the Yellowstone River and its tributaries.
The closure, announced by the accounting for almost $250 million of that money. Businesses along the effected areas of the Yellowstone River and its tributaries have seen day-to-day operations grind to a halt during what is usually a peak tourist time, and some fishing guide companies have even had to send guides home for the season.
The parasite, which doesn’t affect humans, hasn’t been reported within the boundaries of Yellowstone National Park itself, but the river closure begins at the northern boundary of the park and spreads east and south almost to Billings, Montana’s largest city. Because the parasite can cling to boats, boots, rods and other fishing gear, state officials are urging those fishing in any nearby open rivers to carefully clean anything that will enter the water each time they go. They have also utilized hot water decontamination to wash boats at certain checkpoints.
Montana has only experienced two outbreaks of the parasite over the last 20 years, both in isolated locations, but other states including Washington and Oregon have had to deal with its impact. Experts suspect that the reason for the sudden and catastrophic infection in the Yellowstone River are said in a statement.