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Be on the lookout for giant lake spiders, says Wisconsin DNR

A large lake spider guards her egg sac. Photo: Image by Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Be on the lookout for giant lake spiders, says Wisconsin DNR

By James Kust. CREATED Aug 21, 2014

Large lake spiders are popping up around Wisconsin, the state's Department of Natural Resources warned Thursday.

In a Facebook post, the agency said they've been receiving reports of people finding the large eight-legged creatures, often near a body of water. 

The most common culprit? The "dark fishing spider", which the DNR says can catch small fish and tadpoles to eat. They also "can range inland" to hunt and lay eggs.

Pictured above is a female spider guarding her egg sac. The spiders are generally not dangerous to humans.

You can learn more about fishing spiders here.