A large amount of Shad fish have washed up dead on the banks of the Altus City Reservoir over the past few days, and City Officials explain the phenomenon as a natural occurance.
“At this point I believe it is a seasonal die off,” stated Supervisor Gene Leister of the Altus Water Treatment Plant. The breed of fish appear to be Shad, he explained. “We’ll put a call in to Fish and Wildlife to check it out. This is usually what happens this time of year.” Leister stated that most of the fish appear to be in the west reservoir, but have not observed any in the east reservoir. “It doesn’t look like any more are out there in distress. It’s pretty much over with.”