The Transylvania Times -

Public Asked To Report Hellbender Sightings - Pisgah Forest, NC


October 18, 2018

Courtesy photo by Dave Herasimtshuk

Dave Herasimtshuk captured this photo of a Hellbender.

With fall fishing in full swing, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is 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. Agency biologists want to learn more about where hellbenders - gigantic, aquatic salamanders averag-ing 16 to 17 inches in length-are located and how their populations are faring.

In North Carolina, hellbenders are found only in fast-moving, clean mou...

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