UNDATED -- With news of zebra mussels discovered in a Stearns County lake, the DNR is again reminding shoreland owners to check for invasive species when removing docks, rafts and boat lifts this fall.

The DNR asks you to carefully check the equipments to make sure there are no invasive species like zebra mussels, Eurasian watermilfoil and New Zealand mudsnails attached.

Look on posts, wheels and on parts of boats or rafts that have been submerged in the water for an extended period of time.

If you find what you believe to be invasive species, the DNR asks you to report it immediately because it's critical to help curb the spread to other lakes and rivers. Also, note the location, take a photo and keep the specimen.

State law says all invasive species must also be removed and the equipment dry for 21 days before transporting it away from the property. It is okay to remove your dock and boat lift and leave it along the shoreline.

If you have questions about what invasive species look like, check out the DNR website.