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New testing reveals no evidence of Asian carp in river tied to Lake Michigan

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Asian carp

LANSING, MI (WTAQ) - New test results show no evidence of the invasive Asian carp from a river that flows into Lake Michigan.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Thursday it found no genetic material from the bloated carp in about 200 water samples from the Kalamazoo River in Lower Michigan.

The agency is monitoring numerous Great Lakes tributaries for signs of the Asian carp. Michigan’s DNR says several tributaries in that state are being tested, and the results will come out before the end of the year.

Michigan and Wisconsin are among the states trying to keep the Asian carp out of Lake Michigan. They fear that the carp will eat food for native fish, and ruin the lake’s multi-billion dollar commercial fishing industry.

Meanwhile, the Minnesota DNR reports that a dead Asian carp was found on the Mississippi River near Winona. That’s about 20 miles upstream from the previous northern-most siting of the fish. 

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