An "invasive plant" from China was found planted in Upstate New York.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Division of Law Enforcement announced an "invasive plant" was removed in the DEC's latest "Environmental Conservation Police on Patrol."

Invasive Plant Removed In Erie County, New York

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Last month, ECO Machnica responded to a call about an individual planting what was believed to be an invasive bamboo plant along Ellicott Creek, near Maple Road, in the town of Amherst.

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The arriving officer found the plans and confirmed they were golden bamboo (Phyllostachys aurea).

The plan is commonly called fishing bamboo. It is native to Fujian and Zhejiang in China.

"(It's an) prohibited invasive plant in New York State that grows quickly and forms thick monocultures preventing native plants from growing in the same area," the New York State DEC stated in a press release.

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Officer Machnica removed the plant and properly disposed of it. Officials didn't say if anyone was charged.

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"Prohibited invasive species cannot be knowingly possessed with the intent to sell, import, purchase, transport, or introduce. In addition, no person shall sell, import, purchase, transport, introduce, or propagate prohibited invasive species," the DEC states.

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These seven invasive plants have become a nuisance to the wildlife and people living in New York State. Learn more about them and how to remove them at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation here.

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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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