Yellow frog, Yosemite toad close to ESA protection

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webmaster | 04/25/13

SACRAMENTO (AP) — The Yosemite toad and the Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frogs share some critical mountain habitat and now a dubious distinction: both are being proposed for federal Endangered Species Act protection.

Yellow-legged frogs were once common throughout the Sierra Nevada but have declined in numbers in recent years due to habitat destruction, predation by non-native trout in mountain waterways, drifting pesticides and climate change.

Yosemite toads are threatened primarily by livestock grazing, climate change and pesticides.


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