Michigan Residents Paralyzed by Fear of Crawfish Invasion
I've always known that folks in the South are more resourceful than our northern neighbors when it comes to a lot of things - especially food. That's why I wasn't surprised when I heard that the fine folks of Michigan were freaking out about an invasive species currently taking over small-to-medium ponds all over the state - Louisiana crawfish.
I guess the Michiganders aren't aware of the tried-and-true invasive species management program we use in the Bayou State - cook 'em & eat 'em. Since last year, the state has "removed" about 4,000 of the delicious mudbugs from one, 1-acre pond - but that's just the tip of the iceberg. According to WXYZ, authorities are worried that the lack of natural predators (Louisiana natives) will cause the crawfish population to explode - endangering native fish and amphibian egg clutches.
The problem is threefold. Anglers have been sneaking live crawfish into the state to use for bait. Some entrepreneurial Michiganders have smuggled in a few pounds here and there in an effort to introduce the southern delicacy to their South Canadian neighbors. Lastly, the lack of culinary adventurism prevents them from embracing the manna from heaven that is a pond overflowing with crawfish. The answer is simple: A delegation of food ambassadors from the Sportman's Paradise (that's us) need to travel to the land of the wolverine and boil us up a solution. They have to buy the beer, though.