Understanding ecological impacts from invasive species like PKD or zebra mussels on Montana rivers involves looking at the whole ecosystem. This article is illuminating in that respect. Naturally our role is significant.
A recent outbreak of a deadly fish parasite on the Yellowstone River may have seemed unremarkable. But a new wave of research shows the episode was likely linked to the cumulative impact of human activities that essentially weakened the Yellowstone’s ‘immune system.’
You can read the Paper the Yale 360 article draws upon, “Gravel-bed River Floodplains Are the Ecological Nexus of Glaciated Mountain Landscapes” HERE.