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May 9, 2013

Official: Fish at Shadyside Lake died of natural causes

Half-dozen fish washed up on shore Monday

ANDERSON, Ind. — A half-dozen fish that washed up on the shore of Shadyside Lake earlier this week apparently died of natural causes, according to a report today from an Indianapolis laboratory.

An autopsy on a small bass found no signs of chemical distress in any organs and no parasites, Greg Bright, director of biological studies at Commonwealth Biomonitoring Inc., told city officials.

“There was nothing in the stomach so it hasn’t eaten for a while,” Bright said. He said the fish likely died from natural causes.

Meanwhile, city officials are awaiting the results of test samples taken from the lake by Water Pollution Control technicians to determine if there is any evidence of high levels of pollutants in the water, said city spokeswoman Charlee Turner.

The fish were discovered northeast of the Shadyside Bait Shop.

Area residents reported seeing a person they thought was a city worker spraying chemicals in the area, but Turner said no city employee was assigned to that work on Monday.

Turner said it turns out that a resident living in the area was spraying chemicals to help eradicate an invasive honeysuckle and poison ivy.

Turner did not name the resident, but he was advised to refrain from spraying without first checking with Parks and Recreation employees.

There is no evidence of a connection between his spraying and the dead fish, Turner said.

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