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LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. (AP) — A New York park commission says an invasive clam species first discovered in Lake George eight years ago is continuing to spread throughout the water system.

The Lake George Park Commission released a report Wednesday saying the invasive Asian clams now occupy a total of 120 acres along the lake's sandy bottom. The Times Union of Albany reports officials hope the upcoming winter chill will kill off at least some of the clams.

Earlier efforts to smother the clams using weighted underwater mats have proven unsuccessful.

Of the 24 known sites of clam infestation, 19 are in the lake's more developed southern basin, many near the village of Lake George.

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Officials say they are researching a native species of aquatic worm that eats the clams.

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Information from: Times Union, http://www.timesunion.com

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