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Ohio authorities: fish kill unrelated to dumping

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CANTON, Ohio (AP) — Authorities in northeast Ohio have ruled out oil drum dumping as the cause of a reservoir fish kill.

Authorities near Canton says the fish floating ashore at Walborn Reservoir were unrelated to the illegal dumping of a 55-gallon oil drum.

Stark Parks Director Bob Fonte (fahnt) calls it a natural phenomenon, or seasonal fish kill, that happens to certain species during the spring thaw.

In this case, they were gizzard shad — small, and often the most abundant food source for many sport fish in Ohio's reservoirs.

Fonte tells The (Canton) Repository (bit.ly/13SnVVY) that as ice melts, changes in oxygen levels affect the shad more than other fish.

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Information from: The Repository, http://www.cantonrep.com

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