WASHINGTON (CN) – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has found that a petition submitted by the Center for Native Ecosystems contains sufficient information on the status of the Northern Leopard Frog to proceed with a year-long review to determine if the frog warrants listing as threatened or endangered.
The northern leopard frog historically ranged from Newfoundland and southern Quebec, south through New England to West Virginia, west across the Canadian provinces and northern and central portions of the United States to British Columbia, Oregon, Washington, and northern California, and south to Arizona, New Mexico, and extreme western Texas. Since the 1970s the frog has experienced significant declines throughout its range, particularly in the western U.S. and Canada and declines of the species have been documented in most western states.
The agency is asking for information from the public on the present or threatened destruction, modification, or curtailment of the species’ habitat or range; overuse of the species habitat for commercial, recreational, scientific, or educational purposes; threats to the species from disease or predation; the inadequacy of existing regulatory mechanisms to protect the species; and other natural or man made factors affecting its continued existence and threats to the northern leopard frog or its habitat.