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Red-legged frog?s habitat reduced

The United States Fish and Wildlife Service announced on Thursday that it reduced its protected habitat designation for the California red-legged frog to about 450,000 acres ? down 40 per cent from its previous proposal and a number environmentalists decried as far too low.

india Updated: Apr 17, 2006 11:37 IST
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The United States Fish and Wildlife Service announced on Thursday that it reduced its protected habitat designation for the California red-legged frog to about 450,000 acres – down 40 per cent from its previous proposal and a number environmentalists decried as far too low.

The frog, the largest species native to the western United States, is believed to have inspired Mark Twain’s tale, The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County.

The agency said it reduced the critical habitat to 450,288 acres in 20 counties from November’s proposal of 737,912 acres in 23 counties because updated information about the frogs’ habitat needs and better maps allowed it to better pinpoint which areas needed designation.


It also cited an economic analysis showing that proposal would have cost $497 million in lost development opportunities over 20 years. Environmental groups accused the agency of allowing developers and other special interests to slash the frogs’ critical habitat from the 4.1 million acres initially proposed in 2001.