Endangered Frogs Destroyed by Golf Course

California red-logged frogs are federally listed as a threatened species and protected by law. They are the largest native frog in the Western United States and have disappeared from 70% of their historic range due to human activities. Today they are only found in isolated pockets in California and Baja. A golf course in northern California has been killing them by removing water from their habitat, which causes their egg masses to dry up so they die.

“We intend to see that this conduct is fully prosecuted, and have asked wildlife agencies to ensure the entities responsible never play god with endangered wildlife again,” said Brent Plater, executive director of the Wild Equity Institute. (Source: Eco Watch)

The reason draining keeps taking place at Sharp Golf Course near Pacifica is flooding problems, but a scientific study found the best solution is simply to remove the golf course. Restoring the natural habitat, rather than destroying it is often the best choice.

Even though they have been prohibited from doing so, staff at the golf course have continued activities that kill the frogs and damage the habitat. The  March 2nd court filing says, “…even though the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (“FWS” or “Service”) has now expressly told RPD that it may not move egg masses without obtaining formal incidental take authorization pursuant to Sections 7 or 10 of the ESASee Dec. 8, 2011 letter from FWS to RPD (Declaration of Howard Crystal (“Crystal Decl.”), Exhibit (“Ex.”) ”

California red-legged frogs are the preferred prey of San Francisco garter snakes, so when the frogs are killed by golf course staff, they are also depleting the snakes’ main food source. These snakes are an endangered subspecies and are also protected by law. There may be only 1,000-2,000 of them remaining in the San Francisco area.

To tell San Francisco mayor Ed Lee to protect the red-legged frogs and garter snakes, sign the petition here.

Image Credit Chris Brown, Public Domain

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Akon F.
Past Member 3 years ago

I suppose I've selected an unbelievable and interesting blog.

Melania Padilla
Melania Padilla3 years ago

So wrong!!

Sarah M.
Sarah M.4 years ago

This is outrageous! And I hate golf courses--complete waste of land and destruction of nature.

Craig Zimmerman
Craig Zimmerman4 years ago

Wetlands are unique ecosystems with complicated networks of microscopic and visual species. It is almost impossible to replicate a wetland once it has been destroyed by pollution or development.

Craig Zimmerman
Craig Zimmerman4 years ago

Golf courses not only use an enormous amount of water they are also a major source of pollution because of all the herbicides, and chemicals used to maintain the turf.

Bernard Cronyn
4 years ago

Golf courses all over the world have caused high levels of ecological damage. Thailand lost huge numbers of its amphibians due a huge increase in golf courses (mainly Japanese). Greens may look green but in terms of environmental damage they are as bad as heavy industry.

Neil A.
Neil A.4 years ago

These so & so's deserve a very heft fine. Also reeducating.

Neil A.
Neil A.4 years ago

I have a large pool & share it with frogs for much of the year not using chemicals & love to hear them sing, quite loudly.

Neil A.
Neil A.4 years ago

I love Jane B's strong comment & totally agree, so many self important pompous men play? Golf & are often so fat & lazy they have golf carts which are likely to cause a bit of damage but nothing like the boring golf courses.
There sare some who probably care but need to be told of the damage to the wildlife.
This especially bad in Spain just to Make money.

Veronica C.
Veronica C.4 years ago

Petition signed. I'm so tired of people taking what they want, destroying what they want to, with no regards to anyone or anything else.