Second Fish Kill Baffles Residents

By Zach Christman
|  Sunday, Jul 11, 2010  |  Updated 12:15 PM CDT
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Second Fish Kill Baffles Residents

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Illinois officials dumped 2,200 gallons of poison into the Sanitary and Shipping canal Wednesday night in an attempt to kill the destructive Asian Carp. The rotenone poison succeeded in killing fish, however, only one was a carp.

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Two local ponds have been plagued by scores of dead fish in recent days -- leaving residents and wildlife officials speculating as to what happened.

The first fish kill was reported Friday in Garfield Park, where fishermen were upset by the stench left by hundreds of fish corpses -- including two huge Asian carp.

The second kill happened in Bloomingdale, near Westlake Park. Local resident Kirk Steinbruecker described what he saw Friday to the Daily Herald.

"They were all over, in the lake and along the shores there," he said. "I've never seen anything like it."

Officials suspect recent cold rains may have stirred up oxygen-poor water in the Garfield Park lagoon, killing scores of fish that had been recently stocked. So far, there's been no explanation for the similar incident in Bloomingdale.

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