The Transylvania Times -

Official Dispels Hellbender Myths - Brevard, NC


May 4, 2017

Courtesy photo

This dead hellbender was photographed a few years ago at Looking Glass Falls. (Courtesy photo by Freshwaters Illustrated)

Public land managers would like to dispel the myth that there is a bounty on the head of the hellbender.

Staff at the Pisgah Ranger Station shared an Instagram video with The Transylvania Times this week of a man on the Davidson River trout fishing, telling another man that he had heard from a "game warden" that there is a $200 bounty on the giant salamander that they found near the river bank. This is simply not true, according to N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission biologist Lori Williams. Williams said that this is a rumor that she has heard circulating among local anglers.

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