Wildlife and environmental authorities are investigating the die-off near the Salt Fork of the Arkansas River in north-central Oklahoma. “Astronomically” salty water has been reported, but it could be weeks before tests point to a cause.
Kills were reported on June 4 and again on Monday. The die-off has spread downstream roughly 50 river miles from the initial report near Lamont to its confluence with the main channel of the Arkansas River, which is about seven miles south of Ponca City, according to Kay County Game Warden Spencer Grace, who is investigating the kill.
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