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Major fish kill appearing on Wisconsin lakes

JUNEAU COUNTY, WI (WTAQ) - Thousands of dead fish are washing up on the shores on Wisconsin lakes.  

It's another in a long list of problems that are now cropping up after our brutally icy winter.

Residents near Lake Petenwell on the Adams-Juneau County border say they're seeing pelicans snap up the dead walleye, carp, and other fish.

Resident Jim Kiehl tells the Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune they normally don't see pelicans. DNR supervisor Justine Hasz says those birds would normally be on Lake Michigan, but their staging grounds are still frozen -- so they've gone west.  

DNR officials say they expect the winter to result in more fish-kills in lakes throughout Wisconsin. They expect the worst problems to be in shallow backwaters.  

Hasz says the DNR is about to investigate the fish kill on Lake Petenwell. She says nearby Castle Rock Lake may also have been hit hard.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)