Center for Biological Diversity

Tell Fish and Wildlife to Save the Frogs

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Frogs and salamanders are disappearing. Two hundred species of amphibians have gone extinct in the past 30 years; one-third of the world’s amphibian species are threatened with extinction.

In the midst of this extinction crisis, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is refusing to protect 12 American amphibian species that are known to qualify for protection under the Endangered Species Act. These amphibian species -- five frogs, one toad, and six salamanders -- are languishing on the “candidate” list without any protection, just waiting for Fish and Wildlife to finalize their listing. 42 species have already gone extinct during delays in the listing process. The Center petitioned for full protection for all candidates in 2004, and followed up with a lawsuit in 2005 that remains unresolved.

More than 200 species of amphibians have gone extinct in the past 30 years, and we need you to speak up for those that still remain.

Please email Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and ask him to immediately extend full Endangered Species Act protection to all 252 candidate species, including the Columbia spotted frog, mountain yellow-legged frog, Oregon spotted frog, relict leopard frog, Yosemite toad, Arizona treefrog, Austin blind salamander, Black Warrior waterdog, Georgetown salamander, Jollyville plateau salamander, Ozark hellbender, and Salado salamander.

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Please submit comments by May 31, 2010.

Oregon spotted frog photo (c) Charlotte Corkran.