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‘Massive’ die-off decimates Vets Lake fish population

Officials still trying to determine the cause

Several dead fish float in the water at Veterans Memorial Lake. The lake experiences a massive fish kill Thursday.

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The putrid stench of rotting fish hung heavy over Veterans Memorial Lake Friday morning and buzzards circled overhead.
Meanwhile below, an army of Great Bend city employees, armed with nets, rubber gloves and plastic buckets picked their way along the shoreline. This marked the second day in row they’d spent scooping thousands of dead fish or all sizes out of the lake following what officials called a “massive fish kill.”
“I’ve never seen anything like it,” said Park Supervisor Scott Keeler. They spent the day Thursday clearing carcasses, but, more bloated remains floated to the surface over night ...


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