Public to be on the look out for invasive crab species
Maryland officials are warning citizens about an overpopulation of the Chinese mitten crab in the Chesapeake Bay.
According to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, the invasive species present a threat to native habitats and eat the eggs of other species.
The crab is mostly recognized by its furry claws.
Officials say it's important to get a hold of them, and they need the public's help.
They ask that if a person spots one to take a picture and send it over to DNR so that they can track where they are being found.
According to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, the Chinese mitten crab can live in both fresh and salt water.
"The Chinese Mitten Crab is an example of an invasive species that was brought to this area – usually they come in ships – so it's not a species native to this area," said the Assateague State Park Manager, Angela Baldwin.
"The danger with them is that they compete with our native species and this one in particular eats eggs of other species," said Baldwin.