Area residents checking out West Stettler Park may have noticed an unusual amount of dead fish in the pond over the last several days.
The Town is aware of the issue and is currently working with Alberta Fish and Wildlife but at this time “don’t really have any answers,” according to Stettler recreation and culture manager Brad Robbins.
“It’s possible it’s blue-green algae, we’re waiting for a biologist,” said Robbins.
According to Robbins, Town of Stettler staff noticed an issue late in the week of September 22.
Staff collected information and is looking towards next steps, which could include having a biologist visit the community and take a water sample.
Robbins noted that according to Fish and Wildlife the die-off could have natural causes, but, seeing as it is exceptionally odd for this type of thing to occur in Stettler, they are investigating further.
With the fish dying off, town staff have also been watching for impacts on seagulls or other animals which feed on the fish.
“So far, there’s no other dead animals,” said Robbins.