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Wisconsin DNR has received 10 reports about large fishing spider

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The large fishing spider has been spotted again – several times.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says it has received 10 reports this year. One DNR official says she had actually seen 4 of the spiders with her own eyes.

The spiders can grow to 3 inches across, but they’re not harmful to human beings. They are found near rivers, streams or lakes and can be so aggressive they will hunt small fish or tadpoles.

Scientists report a noticeable increase in sightings, especially the “dark fishing spider,” which is one of six variations of the species.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)