It’s just a frog.
That’s a pretty blunt, and probably insensitive, statement in the eco-conscious world we live in these days. But it’s the simple truth.
Way too much time, energy and tax dollars are being dedicated toward making sure the yellow-legged frog has a comfortable place to live — safe from predators and man-made threats that could potentially mean doomsday for the 2-inch amphibian.
There is no doubt that times are tough for the few little yellow-legged hoppers that remain. The million or so acres in California that are considered the frog’s critical habitat are indeed shrinking. Some of the best and brightest minds have been dedicated to making sure the frog doesn’t join the woolly mammoth and passenger pigeon in the “extinct” wing of the museum.