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Outdoors coalition sees 120 day window to stop spread of Asian carp

The Minnesota Seasonal Recreation Property Association says time is limited in the fight to contain the invasive fish. The group is urging the state and federal governments to take steps including a barrier between Iowa and Illinois and development of a poison to kill carp already here.
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The Minnesota Seasonal Recreation Property Association says time is limited in the fight to contain the invasive fish. The group is urging the state and federal governments to take steps including a barrier between Iowa and Illinois and development of a poison to kill carp already here.

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