Possibly thousands of dead fish — and countless others that are gasping for their last breaths — have piled up on the shores of McKinley Park Lagoon in the last two days. And it may be due to the fact that the lagoon was drained last year after body parts was found there. Samantha Hertel, vice president of the McKinley Park Advisory Council who is also an aquatic ecologist with a master’s from Loyola University Chicago,

said the park’s lagoon has been filled with floating bluegill, catfish, largemouth bass and goldfish since Monday. “It could be into the thousands,” Hertel said of the amount of dead fish. “There are a lot of dead fish and a lot more at the surface trying to breathe.” Last year, the lagoon was drained after body parts were found there. A decapitated head was later identified. READ MORE