- Associated Press - Saturday, August 20, 2016

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - Closures on a 183-mile stretch of the Yellowstone River and hundreds of miles of other waterways could continue for months while biologists try to prevent the spread of a parasite believed to have killed tens of thousands of fish.

The closures will continue until the waterways improve and fish stop dying, according to officials from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

The closures extend to hundreds of miles of waterways that feed into the Yellowstone, including the Boulder, Shields and Stillwater rivers.

No dead fish were found inside Yellowstone National Park, where a celebration of the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary is set for next week and no closures were planned there.

The parasite causes fish to contract a fatal kidney disease and die.



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