Asian carp DNA found closer to Lake Michigan

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CHICAGO (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says DNA from the invasive Asian carp has been found closer to Lake Michigan than ever before, fears the fish have breached an electrical barrier meant to keep them from reaching the Great Lakes and destroying its multi-billion-dollar fishing industry.

Major Gen. John Peabody said Tuesday that carp DNA — but no live fish — was found in the Chicago River north of Chicago. He says the sample was taken in October and the Corps received the results last Thursday.

The news comes two months after officials said they found DNA in a shipping channel near Chicago.

Michigan and other Great Lakes states have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to order the locks closed immediately.