Wildlife officials have theory about dead fish found at Centennial Park

Tuesday, July 14, 2009 at 4:12am
Staff reports

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency officials say botulism is likely to blame for hundreds of fish and birds found dead at Centennial Park on Sunday and Monday.

More than 200 fish were found dead in Lake Watauga, the small, artificial lake in the park, since officials were first notified of the situation Sunday. About a dozen ducks and geese were also found dead or dying.

With no visible problems to the pond, officials tell WSMV they expect botulism.

Low oxygen levels in the pond likely killed the fish and the ducks and geese fell ill after they ate the bad fish.

TWRA is testing the birds to confirm what they suspect killed them.

Botulism is most commonly spread to humans through improperly processed canned foods and can cause muscle paralysis and nerve dysfunction.

3 Comments on this post:

By: writeminded on 7/14/09 at 6:25

I was at that lake one week ago and saw one dead duck and one dying duck. The lake looked to be in really bad shape--more trash and oil slicks than there were fish and ducks.

By: lakk on 7/14/09 at 6:44

why can't the city afford a small oxygen pump? Our park is worth that. It is pretty bad to take your kids to the park to see dead birds and fish.

By: localboy on 7/14/09 at 8:21

if you want to save the lake, try to stop the junkies and alkies from using it as a one-stop shop