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CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — Officials are worried about large numbers of striped bass dying in North Carolina’s Lake Norman.

The Charlotte Observer reports Monday that state wildlife officials are pondering ways to deal with the dying game fish that draws tournaments and dollars to the manmade lake.

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission says more than 700 dead striped bass were collected from Lake Norman between July 27 and August 3.

The commission says the alewife could be to blame. Officials say that fish was stocked in Lake Norman without permission more than a decade ago. Now, when bass go deeper to feed on the alewife, they get trapped and can’t get to oxygen at higher levels.

Officials say they are thinking about putting a different kind of bass in the lake.

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