LIMA — State wildlife officers were investigating the death of 6,159 fish that was discovered during the weekend in the Little Ottawa River.
Officers from the Ohio Division of Wildlife were called in to investigate a number of dead fish found near the intersection of Breese and McClain roads, said Paul Kurfis, the law supervisor for the division.
The investigation showed rain washed turkey manure that was spread on a field July 31 into the creek, Kurfis said.
The owner of the farm field hired a private contractor to spread the manure, which was followed by rain, he said.
Officers tracked the kill zone in the creek along an 8.8-mile stretch of the Little Ottawa River that connects to the Ottawa River, Kurfis said.
The dead fish included sucker fish, largemouth bass, sunfish, bullhead and darter. The fish have a value of nearly $1,800, Kurfis said.
Manure depletes oxygen in the water killing fish.
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency was notified of the incident and could sanction responsible parties, Kurfis said.
During the investigation, officers also found another nearby field where horse manure was washed into the stream but only a small amount, Kurfis said.