- Associated Press - Saturday, August 15, 2015

MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. (AP) - An Arkansas Game and Fish official says the deaths of crayfish at Norfork Lake is likely due to natural stresses - not a spray to control spiders.

District fisheries supervisor Jeremy Risley told The Baxter Bulletin (https://bit.ly/1MmLDyf ) the commission learned of the dead crayfish from social media posts of a Mountain Home man who had been swimming at Cranfield Park in the lake and noticed several dead crayfish on the bank. He also reported smelling oil and learning that a nearby marina was recently sprayed for spiders.

Risley said this is both the beginning of mating season and crayfish are molting - both of which produce natural stresses. He said heat could also be a factor.

Exterminator Greg Fears says his spray is non-toxic and dissolves in water.

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