California Seeks Information On Cascades Frog To Determine Potential Protection Status

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California Seeks Information On Cascades Frog To Determine Potential Protection Status

The Cascades frog may be listed as threatened or endangered under the California Endangered Species Act.

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In response to a March 2017 petition from the Center for Biological Diversity to formally list the Cascades frog (Rana cascadae) as endangered or threatened under the California Endangered Species Act, the California Fish and Game Commission is seeking information about the amphibian.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is soliciting information from the general public that details the following with regard to the Cascade Frog’s:

  • Ecology
  • Genetics
  • Life history
  • Distribution
  • Abundance
  • Habitat
  • Degree and immediacy of threats to reproduction or survival
  • Adequacy of existing management and
  • Recommendations for management of the species

According to the CDFW, the frog is negatively impacted by a variety of factors, including airborne contaminants, climate change, disease, fire suppression, habitat loss and alteration, introduced fish, livestock grazing, recreational activities, small population sizes and Cannabis cultivation.

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Cascades Frog May Get Protections Under California’s Endangered Species Act

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The CDFW recommended that the species be advanced as a candidate for threatened or endangered status on Oct. 11, with the commission’s findings published on Oct. 27. This action triggered a 12-month status review of the species by the CDFW. This review will detail whether the commission should list the species as threatened or endangered.

All comments must be submitted by December 22, 2017.


You can mail comments to:

California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Attn: Laura Patterson
1812 Ninth Street
Sacramento, CA 95811

If you wish to comment via email, you can send an email to

John Virata keeps a western hognose snake, a ball python, two corn snakes, and a king snake. His first snake, a California kingsnake, was purchased for $5. His first pet reptile was a green anole that arrived in a small box via mail order.