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Bacteria closes two area beaches to swimming

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Bacteria closes two area beaches to swimming

KGMI News Reporting

WHATCOM COUNTY, Wash. – Health officials say people can walk along the beaches at Little Squalicum Park and Wildcat Cove, but no one should swim or wade in the water because of high level of fecal bacteria in the water.

Pets should also be kept out of the water.

Tom Kunesh with the Whatcom County Health Department says there are signs posted warning against going in the water.

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The Health Department is still trying to determine the cause of the high levels of fecal bacteria in the ocean water.

Officials believe a high concentration of raccoon waste near a stream that empties into Wildcat Cove may be to blame for the contamination at that location.

There is no lead on the source of bacteria at Little Squalicum Park.