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Gates fishing hole closed due to fishkill

More than 100,000 fish have died at a popular Gates County fishing hole.

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GATES COUNTY, N.C. — More than 100,000 fish have died at a popular Gates County fishing hole.

Jane Wyche, an employee at Merchants Millpond State Park, blamed the fish kill on a lack of oxygen. Wyche said a weed called Parrot's Feather dominated the pond this summer and, in decaying, used up oxygen the fish need to breathe.

The pond was closed Aug. 13, but could reopen as soon as Saturday, Wyche said.

Park employees plan to re-stock the pond's fish next summer, and hope limit the Parrot's Feather by weeding.

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