Returning the Leopard Frog to the Columbia Wetlands.

Many of the older residents of the valley will remember catching and playing with frogs as a kid, herein the valley. That is not something kids growing up now can do, at least with Leopard Frogs. The Northern Leopard Frog was historically widespread in the Columbia wetlands.  In the 1970’s and 1980’s, however, the Leopard Frog declined throughout its historic range in western North America and disappeared from the Columbia Wetlands, as a result, it seems, of a fungus infection called Chytridiomycosis.

As noted above The Partners are now actively engaged in effectively re-introducing the Northern Leopard Frog to the wetlands are are hopeful that by the end of 2014 to provide evidence of success in that effort.

Despite numerous surveys, the Leopard Frog is now found in only one place in the Kootenays, the wetlands at the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area.

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