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July 18, 2013
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Agency extends comment period on threatened mountain frog

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is reopening the public comment period for 120 days for proposals to list the Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog and the northern distinct population segment of the mountain yellow-legged frog as endangered under the Endangered Species Act, according to a Thursday release from the agency.

On April 25, the agency published two proposals for the listing and opened a 60-day public comment period that ended on June 24. During and after the initial comment period, the service received significant interest in extending the comment period, according to the release.

The agency seeks information regarding any threats to the species and regulations that may address those threats.

Both frogs are threatened by disease and by habitat modification associated with the past introduction of non-native trout to fish-less waters. Other major threats to the frogs include predation and climate change. Recreation use is not considered a significant threat to any of these species. For more information on these species and this proposal and the information sought, visit www.fws.gov/sacramento.


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