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Asian Carp Spreading Through Local Waterways

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CREVE COEUR, Mo. (KMOX) - Asian carp are continuing to invade waterways in Illinois and Missouri, but they are not confined to large bodies of water.

Carp are in Creve Coeur Lake and have been for a few years. A windsurfer recently had a close encounter when he was hit by one of jumping fish.

“They jump, and they’re pretty athletic,” says Kevin Meneau, a fisheries management biologist with the Missouri Department of Conservation. “Some of them are quite large.”

Meneau says there are a few different species, including black carp and silver carp.

He adds that not much can be done to eliminate carp once they make it into a waterway.

“They’ve been brought to this country now, have escaped from the commercial folks that had them, and they’ve become naturalized in our river systems, so every time you would try to remove them a lake that gets flooded with a river, every time it gets flooded they’ll be reintroduced,” Meneau says.

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