Population of nearly extinct yellow-legged frogs found in Southern California wilderness

Population of nearly extinct frogs found in Calif.

LOS ANGELES — The U.S. Geological Survey says a population of the nearly extinct mountain yellow-legged frog has been found in Southern California’s San Jacinto Wilderness.

Biologists from the survey and scientists from the San Diego Natural History Museum found the frogs in June on separate trips into the San Jacinto Mountains. It’s the first time in nearly 50 years that the frogs have been found in the area.

Until now, researchers believed only about 122 adult mountain yellow-legged frogs existed in the wild.

The number of frogs in the area is not yet known.

Frogs have been in decline around the world due to loss of habitat, climate change and a spreading deadly fungus.


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