USFWS Wants Comments On Dusky Gopher Frog Draft Recovery Plan

September 10, 2014

The Mississippi dusky gopher frog (Rana sevosa), one of the 100 most endangered species in the world can be found in just four areas in two counties in Mississippi. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has devised a draft recovery plan to help the frog recover and is seeking public input on the plan.

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"The dusky gopher frog is considered to be one of the 100 most endangered species in the world," said Cindy Dohner, the Service's Southeast regional director. "This recovery plan will help us improve the frog's precarious position and the longleaf pine habitat it and other rare plant and animal species like the threatened gopher tortoise depend upon."
To review the plan online, visit U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Mississippi Field Office website at fws.gov/mississippiES/.

You can make a comment on the draft plan until November 10, 2014. You can send your comments via mail to  Linda LaClaire, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Mississippi Field Office, 6578 Dogwood View Parkway, Jackson, MS 39213. Comments via email are also accepted at Linda_LaClaire@fws.gov

The Mississippi dusky frog was afforded 6,477 acres of land designated as critical habitat for the species in 2012. The dusky gopher frog population in the wild is currently estimated at 100 individuals as of 2011. There are approximately 1,500 gopher frogs in zoos, the result of a captive breeding effort at the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Nebraska. There are just two known ponds where the frog breeds.

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