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|September 23, 2014|
Nearly extinct frog 'rediscovered'
IDYLLWILD--For the first time in nearly 50 years, a population of a nearly extinct frog has been rediscovered in the San Bernardino National Forest.
Biologists from the U.S. Geological Survey rediscovered the rare mountain yellow-legged frog in the San Jacinto Wilderness near Idyllwild. Researchers had estimated there were about 122 adult mountain yellow-legged frogs in the wild.
Globally, amphibians are on the decline because of habitat loss, effects of climate change and the spread of a deadly fungus.
The mountain yellow-legged frog is one of three frogs or toads on the federal Endangered Species List in Southern California.
Story Date: July 28, 2009