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Toxic algae


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The stream where I hunt ducks has gone dry, leaving many pools of stagnant muddy water. They are covered with a blueish green algae with a very foul pukey smell. This weekend I noticed several dead raccoons in nearby fields with no apparent cause. I believe the cause is toxic algae.

Beware of this with this years extreme low water levels. Do not let your dog drink from these stagnant pools.

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Great advise and good to bring this topic up each fall. The warm (HOT) weather we have had the past couple weeks only fuels and prolongs the algae growth. SD had a major dog poisoning issue a few falls ago when pheasant season opened in 80 degree weather.

Dogs are also more likely to drink the water during warm hunting conditions.

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If all the dead animals that have died were around that water, I would contact your local DNR officer or water specialist or whoever takes care of it and have the area looked at. This way it can get posted and warn any other hunters out in that area. It's never good when wildlife just start dieing off

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