The Transylvania Times -

Wildlife Commission Asks Public To Report Hellbender Sightings

 

April 5, 2018



Biologists with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission are asking the public, in particular anglers, to report any sightings of hellbenders (“water dogs”) to the agency.

Reported sightings are an important part of a long-term inventory and monitoring project for hellbenders that agency staff, along with partners, began in 2007.

They want to learn more about where hellbenders—gigantic, aquatic salamanders averaging 16 to 17 inches in length—are located and how their populations are faring.

Hellbenders are found in fast-moving, clean mountain streams in western North Carolina.

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