Cause Of Dead Fish Under Investigation - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/17/05

Cause Of Dead Fish Under Investigation

The waves of the a Lubbock Canyon Lake is the hearse carrying fish to their death. Hundreds of fish have been found dead at one of Lubbock's most popular fishing destination. The cause is under investigation by Texas Parks and Wild Life.

More that 800 dead fish have been removed from this lake so far. A staff member with Texas Parks and Wild Life is in town taking samples from the water, trying to find out what is killing the fish.

"It's not pleasant to see dead fish," admits Randy Truesdell from Lubbock Parks and Recreation.

Hundreds of fish floating along the shore of Dunbar Historical Lake. The killer: still unknown but Truesdell suspects it's a natural phenomenon. "It's not uncommon to have fish kills in lakes especially this time of year," he says.

Truesdell says algae could be the killer but it's likely a low level of oxygen caused by recent weather. "I think it has to do with the rainfall that we've had, colder temperatures combined with the warmer temperatures," he explains.

For now, city workers will continue to collect the dead fish until the cause can be determined. It could take up to ten days for those water samples to come back. If you come across dead fish at any of the other lakes, please call Parks and Rec at (806) 775-2687.

As a precaution, it's best to not touch any dead fish or eat any fish from this lake until the cause is determined.

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