ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Biologists with the Department of Game and Fish Department have a new mystery on their hands: what killed dozens of catfish at Ute Lake?
The fish were found floating in the eastern New Mexico lake about a week after underwater blasting for a construction project. But officials say there's no conclusive link between the blasting and the fish kill.
They say other causes could be toxins in the water, natural causes or even lightning.
This comes less than a week after a massive die-off of elk in northern New Mexico, a case that still hasn't been solved.
More than 100 elk suddenly collapsed on a ranch north of Las Vegas.
Game and Fish initially suspected EHD--Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease--an often fatal disease spread through insect bites but now say that it's unusual with EHD for so many animals to die all at once.
Biologists are also considering the animals' food source as a possible cause.
Tissue samples from the dead elk are being tested to nail down a cause. Test results could take a few weeks.
A winter storm warning has been issued for Albuquerque and surrounding areas through 11 p.m. Thursday.
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Police responded to a northeast Albuquerque neighborhood where a man believed to be armed was involved in a tense standoff with police.
There was some good news Wednesday. Bernalillo County Sheriff's Deputy Robin Hopkins has started walking again.
Schemers behind fake sweepstakes are accessing personal information and using the legitimacy of well-known names like the Better Business Bureau and the Internal Revenue Service to swindle unsuspecting players out of thousands of dollars.
Twenty-seven teachers from across New Mexico received funds Wednesday to help them educate their students.