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Fish kills reported near Chicago

March 08, 2009 at 12:40 PM

ELK GROVE VILLAGE (AP) - Hundreds of dead fish have been floating belly-up in an Elk Grove Village lake, attracting a huge flock of sea gulls to feast on their stinking carcasses.

The cause of Saturday’s fish kill was unknown, but a spokeswoman for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources said it was probably due to the cold winter freezing the lake so deeply that the fish were deprived of oxygen.

Department spokeswoman Stacey Solano said there have been three or four such reports at various small lakes in the Chicago area recently.

Solano says it is a fairly common occurrence at this time of year when winters have been hard.

The average temperature for Chicago this winter was 22.4, the 24th-coldest winter on record since 1872, according to the National Weather Service.

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