Target: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Goal: Save the Sierra Nevada Yellow-Legged frog from extinction
Over the last century, the Sierra Nevada Yellow-Legged Frog population has declined by 90%. Once common, the frog is now considered endangered by the state of California. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed to have the species federally protected under the Endangered Species Act, and the government will be making a decision regarding it’s protection soon.
There are several reasons for the decrease in population of Yellow-Legged frogs. Pesticides and weed suppressants poison many of the frogs, and a fungal pathogen causing a fatal disease in frogs has played a major role in the decline of many amphibian species. Non-native trout were once introduced into the regional lakes of the Sierra Nevada for fishing purposes. These trout feed off of tadpoles, also contributing to the frogs’ endangerment.
With federal protection and funding, we can solve these problems and ensure that the species survives. We must join with other organizations to save these frogs from extinction. Public action regarding the Sierra Nevada Yellow-Legged frog are going on now, and we must act quickly. Please petition the federal government to protect this species.
Dear Department of Fish and Wildlife,
Soon you will be deciding whether or not to offer federal protection of the Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog under the Endangered Species Act. I am petitioning in favor of protection of the species. Without protection, thilittle chance of survival.
The problems that have contributed to the endangerment of the species are largely caused by humans. Non-native trout were once introduced into the regional lakes of the Sierra Nevada, after which the trout have fed off of tadpoles of the yellow-legged frog. Pesticides have also been poisoning the frogs. Other factors such as global warming, Ultraviolet radiation, and disease have also contributed to the decline, and we have the ability to protect the frogs from these factors. Since humans are partially responsible for the decline of the species’ population, we should take responsibility to mend the damage that has been done.
This frog was once considered the most abundant frog species in California. Now, these frogs are about to become a memory. The state of California and various wildlife organizations are doing their part to help save these frogs, but they cannot do it alone. When the time comes to make the decision regarding the Sierra Nevada yellow-tailed frog, I hope that you will offer this species the protection it desperately needs.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: USFWS Pacific Southwest Region