Environmental group plans to sue over protections for frog

Dec 23, 2015

Bend Bulletin

Environmental group plans to sue over protections for frog PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An environmental group plans to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over delaying protections for the foothill yellow-legged frog.

The Center for Biological Diversity on Wednesday filed a notice of intent to sue; it says the federal government is two and half years late in deciding whether to list the frog under the Endangered Species Act.

The center petitioned to protect the frogs in 2012. Earlier this year, Fish and Wildlife made a positive finding on the petition — but hasn't finished the status review or made a decision on the listing.

Federal officials declined to comment on pending litigation.

The frogs, which have yellow color under their legs, live in Oregon and California streams. Their population has declined due to logging, mining, livestock grazing, dams and other threats.

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