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NEW ULM, Minn. -- A second species of invasive carp has been found in the Minnesota River.

The Department of Natural Resources said Wednesday a commercial fishing operation caught a bighead carp near New Ulm, about 70 miles southwest of Minneapolis.

This was the first bighead carp caught in the Minnesota River. A grass carp was caught in the same location in December.

“We have suspected that bighead carp have occasionally entered the Minnesota River from the Mississippi River, but this is the first confirmed capture,” said DNR Invasive Fish Coordinator Nick Frohnauer. “This individual capture does not indicate reproduction or an established population of invasive carp in the Minnesota River.”

No breeding populations of invasive carp species have been found in Minnesota, although individual fish have also been caught in the St. Croix River and Mississippi River near the Twin Cities.