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Dozens of fish die in Madison park pond

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MADISON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Officers are trying to determine what caused a small fish kill in a popular Madison park. 

Viewers called WLBT News about the startling find in Strawberry Patch Park Tuesday morning.

We found numerous fish of all types dead along the east side of the pond.

A couple of fish stayed near the surface of the water.

Madison work crews were on the scene cleaning up the fish kill Tuesday morning.

A conservationist believes the event is weather related.

"Most ponds and lakes are stratified in terms of temperature of the water, and when the cool water at the bottom returns to the top, you have what we technically call a turnover of the lake or pond," said Pete Heard of the Natural Resources Conservation Service. "That loss of oxygen will actually cause some fish to die."

Park officials say about 100 fish died.

A biologist will attempt to determine the source of the problem.

"It's hard to be absolutely sure without a chemical test analysis of the water, and we are going to get our area biologist over here and look at it and take it a little bit further," Heard said, "but we think it's out of danger right now."

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