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Hunters Advised to Check Water Conditions

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The fall hunting season has started. And with grouse season opening this weekend, hunters need to be cautious of water conditions. The Game and Fish Department says conditions are right this year for stagnant water to become contaminated, especially with all the rainfall that occurred.

Blue-green algae is potentially toxic. And if it's ingested by a hunting dog, it could lead to severe illness or even death.

"Hunting dogs shouldn't drink or swim in discolored water or where algal blooms are apparent," says North Dakota Game and Fish Department wildlife veterinarian Dr. Dan Grove. "If dogs retrieve in these conditions, they should be rinsed off immediately and shouldn't be allowed to lick their coat."

Blue-green algae blooms under conditions of hot, dry weather, and appears as a blue-green scum floating on the water's surface.

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