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Rare Frogs Rediscovered In Fossil Creek Watershed

Peter Malmgren

Biologists have rediscovered a rare population of Chiricahua leopard frogs that were thought to be gone from the wild in the greater Fossil Creek watershed in central Arizona. A volunteer photographed one of the frogs and later biologists discovered at least 10 others living in an earthen livestock tank. The Arizona Game and Fish Department released captive-raised Chiricahua leopard frogs in the area more than a decade ago to try to improve their numbers. The species was listed as threatened in 2002 due to habitat loss and a fungal disease.