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Date: May 21, 2009
Contact: Andrew S. Muñoz, 702-293-8691

LAS VEGAS - The National Park Service is advising Memorial Day visitors to Lake Mohave to expect an unpleasant odor and to see dead carp on beaches. Biologists from the National Park Service, Nevada Department of Wildlife and Arizona Game and Fish Department are looking into the cause.

There are no known human heath risks associated with the suspected cause of the carp deaths. However, as a precaution the National Park Service is advising visitors to avoid handling the dead fish.

Biologists have collected specimens for testing. Test results are due back next week.

There haven't been any reports of carp deaths in Lake Mead or other fish species being affected.

- NPS -

Did You Know?

A flowering Mohave Yucca

The Native Americans utilized the many resources the Mojave Desert offered. The Mojave yucca provided materials for mats, sandals, nets, baskets, and rope. Its cucumber-like fruit was an important food source in the spring.