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PostSubject: Hellbenders   Mon Jun 17, 2013 9:53 am

Article on Hellbenders in this morning's Richmond Times Dispatch.  Sad story...


http://www.timesdispatch.com/news/state-regional/salamanders-disappearance-raises-pollution-concerns/article_6bd4e5bf-852f-5c71-a57c-910076020d23.html
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PostSubject: Re: Hellbenders   Mon Jun 17, 2013 9:17 pm

I agree it is sad. The loss of suitable habitat is the main issue. Captive breeding was impossible until last November: http://www.zooborns.com/zooborns/2012/11/nashville-zoo-makes-history-with-first-captive-breeding-of-eastern-hellbenders.html

The DGIF is working hard to keep hellbenders around for the next generation:
http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/hellbender/
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PostSubject: Re: Hellbenders   Tue Jun 18, 2013 9:22 pm

Its unfortunate.  Its just as bad with the Ozark hellbender.  They managed to breed them in st Louis in 2011 but they're endangered and things aren't looking so good.
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