Four California Frog Populations Proposed for Endangered Species Act Protection

SACRAMENTO— In response to a Center for Biological Diversity petition and lawsuit, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed Endangered Species Act protection for four populations of foothill yellow-legged frogs in the Sierra Nevada and central and Southern California. This stream-dwelling frog species has disappeared from more than 50% of its historic habitat in the state.

“At last these little lemon-legged frogs, who are such an integral part of our natural stream ecosystems, have gotten the protection they need to survive,” said Jeff Miller, a senior conservation advocate at the Center. “Protecting these precious creatures will also help safeguard the coastal and Sierra foothill rivers and creeks we all rely on for clean drinking water and recreation.”

The Service has proposed listing foothill yellow-legged frog populations in the Southern Sierra Nevada and Southern California Coast as endangered and the North Feather River and Central California Coast populations as threatened. A population in the Northern Sierra Nevada is not proposed for federal protection but was listed as a state threatened species in 2019.

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