USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- Agriculture experts in several states are warning the public to not open unsolicited packages of plant seeds that are now showing up in mailboxes across the country because they could be an invasive plant species that could not only introduce diseases to local plants but also be harmful to livestock.
That could translate also to being harmful to wildlife, and with hunting seasons on the horizon, outdoorsmen and women should heed the warnings.
Even the Wall Street Journal is covering the story, which suggests this is a serious problem. The WSJ said authorities in Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia are also investigating.
KDVR News in Denver said the Colorado Department of Agriculture has received “numerous reports from across the state of people receiving unsolicited packages of seeds in the mail. The packages appear to have originated from China and other countries, and are labeled as containing jewelry or other items.”
#APHIS is working closely with @CBP and State Depts of Ag re: unrequested seeds. If received, pls contact State Dept of Ag https://t.co/g0WhR57Wv3 or the #APHIS State Plant Health Office https://t.co/CdHtWghDbC. Keep packaging and do not plant seeds from an unknown origin! pic.twitter.com/LORKeTh4Tc
— USDA APHIS (@USDA_APHIS) July 27, 2020
AmmoLand News spoke exclusively with Robin Pruisner, state entomologist and Ag Security Coordinator at the Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship, who said there appear to be “hundreds of different kinds of seeds.”