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DNR Investigates Fish Kill at Stonewall


Biologists from the West Virginia DNR have a mystery on their hands.  On Monday (May 24) biologists received reports of large numbers of dead fish at Stonewall Jackson Lake in Lewis County.

The DNR took samples of the dead fish and shipped them to the U.S. Geological Survey’s Leetown Science Center in the Eastern Panhandle.  The fish killed were identified as crappie.

Authorities say it’s too early to tell what killed the fish.  The agency along with the state Department of Environmental Protection is investigating the incident. 

Biologists hope the tests of the fish samples along with analysis of water conditions on the day of the kill will lead to answers about what killed the fish.   A press release from the DNR offered no estimate on the number of fish killed in the incident. 

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