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Dead fish being removed from Bear Creek

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Dead fish are being removed from Bear Creek. The City of Grande Prairie says it got approval for the necessary licence Wednesday.

It is believed the fish died of natural causes related to a bacteria growth caused by rising water temperatures. Testing is being done to confirm the theory.

If that’s the case, it’s the same reason more than 100 dead fish were found in the Bear Creek in 2018. The bacteria is called columnaris and is known to develop in warmer water.

The city will be working with the province mainly in Muskoseepi Park but the recovery area could stretch along Bear Creek. It’s reported there is no risk to the general public and people are asked to give crews space.

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Correction: A previous version of this article linked the removal of the fish to a quantity of dead fish found in the Bear Creek. The events are unrelated. We regret the error.

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