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DNR confirms Asian crazy worm found in Appleton

APPLETON, WI (WTAQ) - For the second time this summer, an invasive worm has been found in Wisconsin which has the potential to damage forests.

The DNR confirms that the Asian crazy worm was spotted in Appleton, after it was first discovered last fall at the UW-Madison arboretum.

The agency is forming a team of experts to advice state officials on what to do about it.

DNR forest specialist Linda Williams says the Asian crazy worm devours nutrients from soil and forest floors -- and that leaves no nutrients for other native species.

The long worm is officially called the "Amynthas Agrestis". It's called a crazy worm because it wriggles heavily when it's handled.

Although it's new to Wisconsin, the worm has been in the eastern and southern U.S. for the past half-century.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)