Register | Forgot Your Password? | Close

TUCSON, Ariz. -- The Pima County Regional Flood Control District is removing invasive and predatory bullfrogs from the Kino Environmental Restoration Project in Tucson.

The multi-purpose environmental and storm-water harvesting project was constructed in 2001 by the flood control district and the Army Corps of Engineers.

Bullfrogs and other non-native aquatic species have become abundant at KERP during the past five years.

In that time, predatory bullfrogs have repeatedly dispersed downstream during storm flows to the Santa Cruz River, where they threaten biodiversity at the best remaining toad-breeding temporary ponds in urban Tucson.

Project officials said that without removal of the bullfrogs at KERP, central Tucson would lose native frog and toad species.

On wildlife refuges in Arizona, bullfrogs have nearly eliminated the Mexican garter snake and the threatened Chiricahua leopard frog.

Associated Press,

share this story:
Attention Comment Users: We have recently changed our comments boards.
We would like you to be part of the conversation and The Voice of Arizona by logging in with your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Disqus account. Existing KTAR (Arizona Sports) account members will need to create a Disqus account or use one of the aforementioned social media logins. Thank you.
comments powered by Disqus

World Class Arizona

  • Dignity Health

    World Class People. World Class Company. Excellent care, delivered with compassion, for all in need.

Voice For A Better Arizona

  • Family in Focus

    KTAR spends the week taking a look at the issues a modern Arizona family faces.