Efforts To Bring Back CA’s Red-Legged Frog Underway Near Murrieta

9 March 2021

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA — California red-legged frogs disappeared from their natural habitat in Riverside and San Diego counties decades ago. Disease and invasive species were their downfalls, according to John Heil, who works for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Now multiple partners — including national and international nonprofits, government agencies, and private landowners — have come together to change the course of the frog’s plight, Heil explained.

As it turns out, the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve just west of Murrieta, as well as a private ranch on Mesa Grande, which is east of the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, are where efforts are underway to bring the frog back.

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