DNR Asks Public to Report Mudpuppy Sightings

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is asking the public to report any sightings of mudpuppies while fishing this winter. Mudpuppies – Wisconsin’s only fully aquatic salamander – can be found in streams, rivers, ponds and lakes year-round, but because of their elusive behavior, surveying can be difficult and labor intensive.

Data collected from these sightings will help to determine the distribution and range of the species statewide. Once considered a common amphibian species in Wisconsin, evidence suggests that populations may be declining.

The DNR encourages those who catch a mudpuppy while fishing to snap a picture of it, then gently remove the fishing hook and release it back into the water. Try not to touch the animal too much because amphibians have sensitive, permeable skin.

Submit mudpuppy observations and photographs to [email protected]. Include location details and any pictures that were taken.