The Northern Snakehead Is Invading North Carolina And Here’s What You Need To Know
It’s been six months since North Carolina, Georgia, and South Carolina alerted residents in October 2019 of a bizarre, invasive (and predatory) fish with the ability to survive for days on land. South Carolina’s warning came with a plea for those who’ve seen the invasive Northern Snakehead to ‘kill immediately.’ But what do we actually know about the Northern Snakehead and more importantly, what does it mean for North Carolina?
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While no Northern Snakehead reports from fishing enthusiasts around the state have been publicized this year, the possibility of this predator already existing in (or sneaking into) local ponds and lakes still exists. It will likely always exist. If you find one, wildlife and game officials in the Tar Heel State suggest you kill it and then freeze it, or, you can simply freeze it and that will kill it. Then, report your catch to the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission at (919)707-0220.
Robin Jarvis is a travel and entertainment writer and editor for OnlyInYourState.com with a bachelor's degree in Journalism. Her love for travel has taken her to many parts of the world. She spent more than two decades living on the coast in South Carolina and currently lives in the mountains of North Carolina - although she still makes it back to see family in South Carolina quite often. When she's not working, she loves to hike, kayak, and check out new adventures. Get in touch at [email protected]
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