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Officials: Asian Carp DNA found in Chicago River


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says more DNA from the invasive Asian Carp has been found near Lake Michigan.

Major Gen. John Peabody said Tuesday that carp DNA - but no live fish - was found in the Chicago River near the Wilmette pumping station north of Chicago. He says the sample was taken in October and the Corps received the results last Thursday.

The news comes two months after officials said they found DNA in a shipping channel near Chicago.

That led to calls for closing shipping locks separating the Great Lakes from the Mississippi River basin to prevent the giant fish from destroying the lakes' $7 billion fishing industry by out-competing native fish for food.

Michigan and other Great Lakes states have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to order the locks closed immediately.

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