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New Home for Endangered Frogs • Mirror Daily

This is how a mountain yellow-legged frog looks like (one of the endangered frogs in the Sierra Nevada)

(Mirror Daily, United States) Specialists in charge of protecting wild species always do their job, and such is the case with endangered frogs. Two frog species and the Yosemite toad now have a new home: it is 1.8 million acres wide, and it is on public California land.

People at The Fish and Wildlife Service made it possible for the endangered frogs to have a habitat of their own. The two frog species are yellow-legged frogs, particular from the Sierra Nevada mountains. Although people remember there was a great number of frogs around the lakes in the mountains, specialists say that their population is nowadays only 10% of what it used to be. The reasons behind them almost going extinct are diseases of fish not belonging to their habitat, fish attacking them, the effects of global warming, pesticides, and so on.

The two frog species and the Yosemite toad were declared endangered species two years ago, in 2014. Specialists have been trying to find a solution for their problem, and eventually, they have recently found it.

Designing such a large area (1.8 million acres) as crucial habitat for endangered frogs requires more caution from people who develop their activities in the area. For instance, the Yosemite toad population was reduced because of livestock grassing on the meadows where toads were also to be found.

Federal agencies must take into account the critical habitat of endangered frogs and always consult their actions with The Fish and Wildlife Service in order not to disturb or threaten the amphibians.

Jeff Miller declared on behalf of the Center for Biological Diversity:

“This is an important step for saving the vanishing amphibians of the high Sierra Nevada, which have suffered massive declines in recent decades and disappeared from most of the Sierra lakes and streams where they once lived.”

Although there are voices that claim that the new home of the endangered frogs intervenes with their usual activities, people at The Fish and Wildlife Service know this measure was necessary in order to save the endangered species. The designation of the 1.8 million acres of land as crucial habitat for endangered frogs in the Sierra Nevada mountains was made public earlier this week, on Thursday, August 25.

Image courtesy of: Wikipedia

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