PHOENIX (AP) — Biologists are looking into why hundreds or even thousands of fish have died in a 20-mile stretch of the Salt River.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department says it began receiving reports of dead fish Thursday.
A team of fisheries biologists are gathering water samples today and examining the fish to figure out the cause of death.
Fisheries chief Kirk Young says species including catfish, carp, bluegill, red shiner and buffalo fish have been affected in the area upstream from Roosevelt Lake. He says officials haven’t received reports of fish dying in the lake.
Officials are urging the public not to eat any of the dead fish.