Unwanted white perch led to a smelly situation on Parker Pond two weeks ago, after 13,000 of the fish removed from the body of water were discarded on a small island.Mark Latti, spokesperson for Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, confirmed last week that a state biologist removed 13,000 of the fish from Parker Pond. The 1600-plus acre pond, the shores of which touch the towns of Fayette, Vienna, Chesterville and Mount Vernon, is also a cold water fishery for landlocked salmon, which have been stocked since 1959. The white perch, actually a member of the temperate bass family, is considered an invasive species in Maine. That, Latti said, was why the fish were removed.“When we get an invasive species like white perch we try and control them,” Latti said.The perch compete with salmon for smelt, an important source of food for the salmon. Latti noted that Maine Department of Transportation and IFW had been working to sustain the salmon population in Parker Pond, including installing a culvert designed to improve water quality.“We don’t have a lot of cold water fisheries,” Latti said. “There’s been some money put into that lake.”Gretchen Legler, a Farmington resident, said that she was out on Parker Pond Friday, June 19, with friends when they smelled something terrible, to a point that they decided to cut short their trip. Uncertain what the smell was, Legler called the Maine Warden Service. The warden later told her that the smell had come from thousands of white perch that had been dumped on a small island.Dumping the fish on the island had been a mistake, Latti said Thursday. As is the case with roadkill or diseased animals, fish removed from lakes are typically brought to composting sites at IFW facilities, Latti said. The biologist went back to Parker Pond Thursday of last week and removed the fish, bringing them to a compost site.
The Bulldogs will face competitors from 18 schools including Nebraska, Nebraska-Omaha, UMKC, Nebraska-Kearney, Wayne State and Northwestern Missouri State. The competition is set to begin Friday at 4 p.m. with field events and preliminary heats before resuming Saturday at noon. The women’s team was led by veteran senior Mary Young (Urbandale, Iowa) with a victory in the 60-meter hurdles. Junior Victoria Coombe (Centennial, Colo.) added another title for the Bulldogs by finishing first in the 400 meters in 57.51. Last year in Lincoln, Drake recorded 10 top-five finishes against a strong field that included competitors from Nebraska and Oklahoma State. Story Links Live Results Drake returns 46 of 55 athletes from last season including three all-conference honorees, seniors Taryn Rolle (Nassau, Bahamas), Bas Van Leersum (Zaandam, Netherlands) and Young. Under the direction of first-year head coach Mark Carroll, Drake opened its indoor season last month at the Cyclone Duals where the Bulldogs won five events against in-state foes Iowa State and UNI. Junior Josh Yeager (Center Point, Iowa) helped lead the men’s team along with sophomores Deonne Witherspoon (South Bend, Ind.) and Xavier Lechleitner (Edgar, Wis.) who each recorded individual event wins. Witherspoon lead the way with a 60 meter personal-bestof 6.85. Lechleitner won the 800 meters in 1:56.37 while Yeager claimed the mile title with a personal-best time of 4:18.56. Meet Schedule DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University track and field teams are set to kick off the 2018 portion of their indoor season this weekend at the Graduate Classic, hosted by the University of Nebraska at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. The Bulldogs continue their season Jan. 26-27 in Cedar Falls, Iowa at the Messersmith and Jack Jennette Invite, hosted by UNI. Print Friendly Version