Hundreds of dead fish in Ransom Canyon Lake

Published: Mar. 26, 2012 at 7:15 PM CDT|Updated: Dec. 15, 2014 at 1:52 AM CST
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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Hundreds of dead fish were spotted at Ransom Canyon Lake Sunday. Wildlife officials say they "highly suspect" the culprit is Golden Algae.

Texas Park and Wildlife biologist Melissa Dudley explains that nearby Buffalo Springs is likely spreading the deadly pollution to Ransom Canyon Lake.

According to Dudley, residents have called the state to report foaming at the shoreline, which is consistent with algae growth.

The algae is not thought to be harmful to humans, but is toxic to fish.

State biologists will not investigate the death of these fish, since Ransom Canyon Lake lies on private property.

Ransom Canyon Lake's Home Owner Association would have to submit samples to a private lab if they wanted to find out the exact reason the fish died.

This incident is similar to last summer, when extreme heat and low water levels killed thousands of fish across the state.

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