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DNR paying $100 for every black carp caught

Illinois DNR is offering a reward to fisherman and women who catch black carp.
Black Carp (DNR)

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — The Illinois DNR is offering a reward to fishermen and women who catch black carp.

Although black carp, which could potentially become an invasive species, hasn't made it to Indiana just yet, two of the fish were caught in the Ohio River a few miles from the border.

Black Carp (DNR)

Black carp are native to eastern Asia and were brought to the United States during the 1970-80s.

The fish pose a serious threat to Indiana's mussel populations.

Illinois DNR is offering a $100 bounty to fishermen and women per black carp carcass. The department suggests using bowfishing anglers to catch the species.

You can find more information on Indiana DNR's website.

EDITOR'S NOTE: This story has been corrected to reflect the reward is being offered by Illinois' DNR, not Indiana's.