Jun 28, 2011 1:55 PM

Fifty Chiricahua Leopard Frogs salvaged from Monument Fire

HEREFORD - A successful effort to save threatened Chiricahua leopard frogs.

Monday night, Abigail King of the Arizona Game and Fish Department salvaging a threatened Chiricahua leopard frog from a pond at Beatty's Guest Ranch in Miller Canyon, burned by the Monument Fire.

AGFD and the U.S. Forest Service say they netted more than 50 of the frogs, listed as threatened under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, as well as about 60 of their tadpoles. They were placed in aerated coolers and are being transported Tuesday to Glendale Community College.

The south face of Miller Canyon above the ranch is severely burned, and sediment flows into the pond are likely when monsoon rains start.

The owners of the ranch, an official Safe Harbor site for the frogs for more than ten years, requested assistance. The pond is a source population for introduction of the frogs elsewhere. The captured frogs will be returned to the pond once the threat to their habitat has passed.

Photos provided by Bob Herrmann.

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