DFG Extends Public Comment Period Regarding Mountain Yellow-Legged Frogs

Andrew Hughan, DFG Communications, (916) 344-8944
Mitch Lockhart, DFG Fisheries Branch (530) 906-3934

The public comment period regarding the proposed listing of mountain yellow-legged frogs is extended until April 1, 2011. The Department of Fish and Game (DFG) public comment website malfunctioned and comments could not be submitted electronically. Because of this, the public comment period is extended by two weeks.

All comments or other information must be submitted in writing by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 1, 2011.  Comments can be e-mailed to MYLF@dfg.ca.gov or mailed to:

Fisheries Branch – High Mountain Lakes Program
Department of Fish and Game
Attn: Mitch Lockhart
830 S St.
Sacramento, CA 95811

Comments received by the due date will be included in the status evaluation report being prepared for the Commission. The report, which is due to be completed at or before the September 2011 Commission meeting, will address existing threats to mountain yellow-legged frogs and the effectiveness of the current regulations regarding the species. The public will also have a 30-day comment period after issuance of the report.

DFG is now accepting public comment on a proposal to add two species of frogs to California’s endangered species list. The proposal, initiated by the Center for Biological Diversity, addresses the Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog (Rana sierrae) and the southern mountain yellow-legged frog (Rana muscosa), collectively known as mountain yellow-legged frogs.

The public is invited to submit relevant scientific data or comments about mountain yellow-legged frogs’ taxonomic status, ecology, biology, life history, management recommendations, distribution, abundance, threats and essential habitat, or other factors related to the status of the species.