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Toxin advisory warns duck hunters off Wingfoot Lake
State's newest state park continues to be plagued with algae blooms


State health officials are no longer worried about swimmers and Wingfoot Lake. Now they’re concerned for hunters.

Wingfoot in southwest Portage County is the only state park still under a state toxin advisory.  As many as two dozen lakes this summer were under various levels of advisories after toxic algae blooms multiplied. The blooms release toxins that can damage nerves, the liver and other organs.
The last of the other lakes dropped off the advisory list as the weather got colder and the blooms died off.
The Ohio EPA’s Linda Merchant-Masonbrink says the duck-hunting season raises new concerns about Wingfoot.
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Merchant-Masonbrink says environmental officials do not know why Wingfoot still has the heightened toxin levels, and continue to investigate.

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