December 27, 2018

Supreme Court punts to Fifth Circuit to decide future of habitat protections under the Endangered Species Act

Collette Adkins

The rare frog’s controversial habitat protections

The dusky gopher frog was once abundant in longleaf pine forests in Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana. People have destroyed nearly all the irreplaceable ephemeral ponds required for the frog’s breeding; the frog now breeds in just a handful of ponds left in Mississippi. With only about 100 adult frogs remaining, the species faces a high risk of extinction.

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