Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Dead fish fill Missoula duck pond

Posted By on Wed, Mar 30, 2011 at 2:38 PM

Visitors to the duck pond on the south side of town will find a pretty gross scene: more dead fish than actual ducks.

A line of dead fish -- those white dots -- stretch across part of the pond
  • A line of dead fish — those white dots — stretch across part of the pond
Roughly 50 dead fish are visibly floating on the surface of the small pond. Neighbors first noticed the issue and reported it to Missoula Parks and Rec yesterday. This morning, Parks and Rec recovered one of the fish and sent it to Fish, Wildlife and Parks for testing.

"We don't know what caused it. We don't even know what kind of fish it is," says Morgan Valliant, the city's conservation lands manager. "Right now, we don't know much except that they're there."

Valliant says FWP will identify the fish and then conduct a toxicology test. Results should be available in a couple days. Valliant says he'll know more then about the possible cause and the city's next steps.

It's not exactly a scene out of the Arkansas River, but maybe skip taking the kids to the duck pond for a little while.

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