Dead fish cause problems at Highland Park

TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) - Nearly 150 fish were found dead in Swan Creek at Highland Park, and it is not the first time it has happened.

"They weren't sure why, we never really heard what happened after that. They cleaned it up. I believe it's probably land fill and sewage draining into Swan Creek," said resident Char Hennessey.

The Ohio Division of Wildlife received calls from concerned residents, but by the time they checked out the scene, it was already too late to determine the cause. The Ohio Division of Wildlife says they do not believe the fish kill to be due to natural causes, but they have not been able to determine the source.

"In this particular case, I believe there had been several rain events from when the fish first showed up dead, until we were notified and whatever was introduced in the water waves of swan creek that killed those fish, was probably gone by the time we got there," said Kevin Newsome of the Ohio Division of Wildlife.

Newsome says they were not able to determine the source that killed the fish, but the large amount of fish found dead and the different types of species that were affected is troublesome.

"It's a head scratcher at Swan Creek, it really is. I think if we were to have a lot better chance of finding the source, if we were notified sooner," Newsome said, adding they plan to continue their investigation.

"With any type of fish kill that we consider to be not natural we will periodically check back on that body of water. maybe once a day, maybe once every other day and just kinda see if we're seeing live fish swimming around if we're seeing any more dead or dying fish," Newsome said.

The Ohio Division of Wildlife asks that if anyone sees anything unnatural at any body of water to give them a call immediately. That number is 1-800-POACHER.

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