Invasive Species are crawling, growing and killing all over New York State. These unwanted plants, insects and animals are causing damage and devastation from the Sound to Canada. How did they get here? What can we do about them?

Here are 5 of New York's more devastating invasive species. Have you seen any of these?

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According to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, our invasive species came to our state in a variety of ways. Often times they hitch a ride on shipping pallets, luggage and in the ballast water of boats. Next thing you know, they are here, wreaking havoc.

These invasive bugs, plants and animals have the ability to wipe out our crops, kill our trees and ultimately damage our economy and the environment. Scroll through the 5 invasive species below. For example, did you know this fish is swimming in the Hudson River? It has the ability to breathe air and walk on land and it needs to die.

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5 of New York's Most Devastating Invasive Species

Here are 5 species that have invaded New York State and in some cases they must be killed. We are talking about fish that walk on land, plants that cause severe burns and insects that could wipe out a variety of crops that we rely on.

Keep an eye out for these species and you hike, work around the yard or do some fishing this year. Should you locate any of these it is important to report where and when you found them to the New York State DEC.

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