Mysterious fish kill at Sacramento's Southside Park

Published: Monday, Jun. 10, 2013 - 3:06 pm
Last Modified: Monday, Jun. 10, 2013 - 3:16 pm

Sacramento city parks and recreation officials removed dozens of catfish and hundreds of bluefish and perch that died in Southside Park's pond at T and 6th streets over the weekend.

Dead fish were still floating on the pond's surface this morning, even after officials had carried off two truckloads of carcasses.

It was not immediately clear what killed the fish. Neighborhood residents had complained to officials of a stench and a thick white scum on the pond.

A city spokesperson, Linda Tucker, said it was her understanding that the fish deaths were related to the record heat over the weekend. On Friday and Saturday, temperatures exceeded triple digits, breaking the previous record highs for both dates.

Video caption: A Sacramento resident who lives near Southside Park removes two catfish from the Southside Park pond on Monday morning.

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