Outdoor Updates: NC Wildlife Commission seeks public help in tracking hellbenders

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NC Wildlife Commission seeks public help in tracking hellbenders

Wildlife officials in North Carolina are asking anglers and other members of the public to keep an eye out for hellbenders—the giant salamander found in fast-moving, clean mountain streams in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Hellbenders can grow up to 2 feet long and look a little frightening, but they are not dangerous.

The hellbender, also known as “snot otters” and “water dogs,” have disappeared from much of their habitat due to habitat degradation and are listed as a species of special concern in the state. Reported sightings help the agency inventory and monitor how the hellbender is fairing. Anyone who finds a hellbender is asked to leave it alone but note the location or GPS coordinates, take a photo, and email all information of Lori Williams at lori.williams@ncwildlife.org or call 866-318-2401.

Stocked trout extends fishing opportunities in PA this fall and winter

Beginning the week of October 1 and continuing through mid-December, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) will stock approximately 120,000 hatchery raised adult Rainbow, Brown and Brook Trout in more than 100 streams and lakes, PFBC said in a news release. The stockings will provide ice fishing opportunities throughout the winter.

“Fall can be one of the most scenic and enjoyable times of year to spend a day fishing, and we’re excited to provide a special opportunity for those anglers who love fishing for trout,” said Brian Wisner, Director of the PFBC Bureau of Hatcheries. 

New York man attempts trail running record on AT while raising awareness about domestic violence

A trail runner from Beacon, New York is attempting to run a section of the Appalachian Trail in record time while raising awareness about domestic violence. Greg Buzulencia will attempt to run the 88-mile section of the Appalachian Trail that runs through New York state in 24 hours. Buzulencia will attempt his run on Oct. 3.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. As of early this week, Buzulencia has raised nearly $12,000 in support of the cause. 

NCDOT plans statewide network of greenway trails

The North Carolina Department of Transportation is working to identify a plan to connect greenway trails statewide as part of the Great Trails State Plan. The plan focuses on multi-use trails for walking, running and cycling.

NCDOT is asking the public to fill out two surveys about how they use greenways and where they would like to see new trails built. The surveys can be found at www.ncdot.gov/divisions/bike-ped/great-trails-state/

Photo courtesy of Getty Images by JasonOndreicka

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