The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is investigating a fish kill on Stonewall Jackson Lake, according to Bret Preston, Assistant Chief of the Wildlife Resources Section.

Sources at the lake told the Herald it is likely several thousand fish have been killed.

The majority of dead fish were identified as crappie.

"Our district fisheries staff received a report of a fish kill from the Jacksonville area of Stonewall Jackson Lake on the morning of May 24 and began an investigation in coordination with the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection," said Preston.

Fish samples have been taken for health assessments by the United States Geological Survey's Leetown Science Center and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Northeast Fish Health Center.

The cause of the fish kill is unknown and Preston hopes that water quality and fish health analysis will provide clues to the origin of the kill. The DNR will continue to monitor conditions at Stonewall Jackson Lake.

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