Associated Press, Published May 14 2013
Minn. DNR: 25-pound grass carp found near Sartell
The agency says an angler bowfishing on the Mississippi last week shot the 25-pound fish. The DNR says the exotic species previously was found much further south in Minnesota, including lower portions of the Mississippi.
DNR fisheries biologists believe the 36-inch fish could not have gotten past the dams at Coon Rapids, St. Cloud and Sartell. So the agency says the fish likely escaped from a private pond through floodwaters or was released intentionally.
The DNR says like bighead and silver carp, grass carp also can cause environmental harm. The species can grow to 70 pounds and cause water quality problems.
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