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Here is an email that I received from Katherine Foster, Tellico District Ranger:
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Chuck, please let GPAA members and others know the following.

With permission from the Forest Service, a local aquatic scientist will be installing 6-8 hellbender houses similar to the attached photo in the Tellico River between Kats Deli and the Oosterneck turnout at the intersection of the River Road and the Skyway.  Hellbenders are a large aquatic salamander that shelters under large slab rocks.  Their population is declining and they are a species of special interest.  I ask your community's support in not disturbing the houses directly and in not dredging or prospecting in their vicinity.  Hellbenders will a consideration when I reissue the letter of authorization that will be in effect until TDEC begins issuing permits.

Attached is a link to more information about hellbenders  http://mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/field-guide/hellbender

Katherine Foster
District Ranger
Tellico District, Cherokee National Forest
423-253-8400
kfoster01@fs.fed.us

This is a Hellbender House:
« Last Edit: July 28, 2014, 11:39:30 AM by Chuck Pharis »
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Re: Special report by Katherine Foster, Tellico District Ranger.
« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2014, 11:44:04 PM »
Just a thought, maybe we could assist them in some way?
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Re: Special report by Katherine Foster, Tellico District Ranger.
« Reply #2 on: July 04, 2014, 09:31:42 AM »
I am not sure how. I think if anyone is interested, they should call the Tellico Ranger Station and ask if help is needed. This looks like a possible private study to me.
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Re: Special report by Katherine Foster, Tellico District Ranger.
« Reply #3 on: July 04, 2014, 10:19:57 AM »
NOTHING is private with NSA snooping around

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Re: Special report by Katherine Foster, Tellico District Ranger.
« Reply #4 on: July 22, 2014, 07:54:38 PM »
Has anyone ever run into one of those while dredging?

On a side note first good flood and his work will be washed down the river.

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Re: Special report by Katherine Foster, Tellico District Ranger.
« Reply #5 on: July 25, 2014, 07:34:30 PM »
I can take you to a place in KY. that you can,t fish for them things. If they need some come up here and get them. This is just something else they can use to stop dredging.

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Re: Special report by Katherine Foster, Tellico District Ranger.
« Reply #6 on: July 25, 2014, 08:55:28 PM »
bullrun creek and beaver creek around the powell claxton area have plenty of them, can't hardly fish without them stealing your bait or getting hooked.
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Re: Special report by Katherine Foster, Tellico District Ranger.
« Reply #7 on: July 26, 2014, 12:24:37 PM »
bullrun creek and beaver creek around the powell claxton area have plenty of them, can't hardly fish without them stealing your bait or getting hooked.

Wow.  That is two real muddy creeks too.  I have never caught one.

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Re: Special report by Katherine Foster, Tellico District Ranger.
« Reply #8 on: July 28, 2014, 10:08:52 AM »
thats true almost always muddy looking..ive had a couple people tell me there was color in  beaver creek anyone else ever hear of that.i believe thats almost all controlled by tva if im not mistaken.
if'n i had my druthers i'd druther be huntin' purdy yeller rocks.

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Re: Special report by Katherine Foster, Tellico District Ranger.
« Reply #9 on: July 30, 2014, 07:07:11 PM »
bullrun creek and beaver creek around the powell claxton area have plenty of them, can't hardly fish without them stealing your bait or getting hooked.

I am really curious now.  Where exactly do you catch them?  Which pull-off's etc?

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Re: Special report by Katherine Foster, Tellico District Ranger.
« Reply #10 on: July 30, 2014, 09:19:13 PM »
I would not suggest "catching them". Viewing them would be better. Their population is declining.
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