THE SALINA JOURNAL GREAT PLAINS FRIDAY, JUNE 5, 1998 A7 Goose-step , , „</*•*„/TV ; *„ , ^/ /•""•"•swsw*-*-— *'"**;&& "'iio^ J , The Associated Press A pair of adult Canada geese and their goslings stop traffic Wednesday as they cross the South Lawrence Trafficway. At least three families of geese have been spotted making the trip numerous times from one wetland area to another. T PRAIRIE PARK Various uses for national prairie park identified By The Associated Press WICHITA — It seems there are as many opinions on what the state's only national park should emphasize as there are strands of tall grass growing on the prairie it contains. Margaret Clemence, Wichita, hopes the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve will offer a true experience of what Kansas was like before it was settled — including roaming buffalo and other wildlife. "I just want to enjoy reminiscing what early Kansas, early ranch life, was like," she said. The preserve covers nearly 11,000 acres of prairie in the Flint Hills north of Strong City, about 20 west of Emporia. At the open house Wednesday, representatives of the park service explained the five alternatives being considered for the preserve: ; • Do nothing. According to law, this choice must be offered. The park service does not expect it to be chosen. • Emphasize history and culture. • Provide recreation, including hiking, fishing and horseback riding. • Divide the park in two, with part devoted to telling the story of ranching in the Flint Hills and part devoted to the story of the tallgrass prairie. • Restore the prairie for nature lovers. Cattle would be moved off most of the land and replaced with bison, elk and antelope. T CHENEY LAKE 40,000 white bass wash up dead on lake I ^ Investigators say gill parasite or disease may be responsible By The Associated Press CHENEY — About 40,000 white bass have washed up dead this we.ek along the shores of Cheney Lake, possibly wiping out as much as half of the lake's population of the species, a fisheries biologist said Thursday. . High winds are pushing the carcasses to the southwestern portion of the lake, scattering them along 30 miles of shoreline, said Gordon Schneider, fisheries biologist for the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks. "It stinks on the southwest side of the lake," he said. So far, the fish kill appears confined to white bass, although a few dead striped bass also have been reported. None of the lake's other fish species appear affected. The first reports of dead fish started coming in Tuesday, and carcasses still were washing up on the shore Thursday. But indications were that the most recent deaths are at least a day old. "Hopefully, the worst is over," Schneider said. "Emphasize hopefully." No health warnings or fishing restrictions have been imposed on the 10,000-acre lake, a popular fishing and recreation spot about 20 miles west of Wichita. "If we believe there are any dangers to health, we will certainly take action at that point," said Mark Bradbury, district environmental administrator for the state Department of Health and Environment. Investigators still don't know what killed the fish, but it appears to be some kind of gill parasite or disease specific to white bass, Schneider said. "We may never know exactly the reason for this. That is very common with fish kills," he said. "There is probably nothing we can do about it. With a 10,000-acre lake the possibility of treatment is out of the question." Researchers with the health department also were out Wednesday and Thursday taking water samples. No algae, foams or sheens were found, Bradbury said. "It's not a pleasant sight. 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