GREG SUMMERS/The Lancaster News
Jason Mayes shows Morgan Wolf another type of mussel he found Tuesday in Gills Creek while releasing Carolina heelsplitters.
Home for heelsplitters

The population of Lancaster County’s endangered Carolina heelsplitters increased significantly Tuesday.
Federal workers precisely hand-placed 300 of the federally protected mussels along a stretch of Gills Creek between Pageland Highway and Langley Road east of Lancaster.
“There’s no big method to the madness,” said Morgan Wolf, an endangered species biologist with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
Since 2012, Wolf has been overseeing improvements to the Gills Creek basin to improve heelsplitter habitats.