Author,
Chuck Frank

Quite a few years ago PPJ Gazette republished one of my articles which dealt with ecological and environmental issues with regard to saving the Yellow Legged Frog and the Yosemite Toad in the Sierra Nevada Mountain range situated in the higher mountains of California. The concern of the Fish and Wildlife agency at the time was saving those two species who’s populations were supposedly dwindling because of certain species of trout which were supposedly eating the tadpoles before they could develop.

Consequently, a plan to eradicate thousands of fish in the Sierra streams and lakes was undertaken. The eradication was either done though electrocution, netting, or poisoning the water. Finally, one million of these acres affected and their waterways and lakes were designated for the Yellow legged frog and the Yosemite toad, even when no hard evidence of a connection between trout and tadpoles had been found.

However, the point here is that even though fish and anglers were affected there was no mercy for the fish who was seen as the hypothetical and unwanted predator and meant to finally be eradicated. This kind of thinking which was then evident and now more than ever, shows far more concern for the life of a frog than other forms of life. And I may add that the direction that the country is presently going lends itself to an even greater concern which is now the life of the unborn child. More