The Northern Leopard Frog (Lithobates pipiens) is a medium-sized frog that reaches between 75 and 110 millimetres at maturity. Although it was once common across North America, its populations in western North America have declined precipitously since the 1970s. It was designated as Endangered by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) in 1998 and its status re-examined and confirmed in May 2000 and in April 2009. It is listed as Endangered in Canada on Schedule 1 of the Species at Risk Act (SARA). In British Columbia, the Northern Leopard Frog is ranked S1 (critically imperiled) by the Conservation Data Centre and is on the provincial Red list. The B.C. Conservation Framework ranks the Northern Leopard Frog as a priority 1 under goal 3 (maintain the diversity of native species and ecosystems). It is protected from capture and killing, under the B.C. Wildlife Act. It is also listed as a species which requires special management attention to address the impacts of forest and range activities under the Forest and Range Practices Act (FRPA) and the impacts of oil and gas activities under the Oil and Gas Activities Act (OGAA) on crown land (as described in the Identified Wildlife Management Strategy).....
Biologically limiting factors impeding rapid recovery of Northern Leopard Frogs in B.C. include extremely small population size, low egg mass production each year, low resistance to chytridiomycosis, and potential effects of reduced genetic diversity. Historically, the primary threat was habitat destruction resulting from wetland draining and reclamation in the early to mid-1900s. Recently, the primary threat appears to be chytridiomycosis caused by the fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, which has been causing significant mortality in the CVWMA Northern Leopard Frog population and currently represents the single-most significant threat to the populations in B.C....
Northern Leopard Frog Recovery Team. 2012. Recovery Plan for the Northern Leopard Frog (Lithobates pipiens) in British Columbia. Ministry of Environment
Topic: Recovery Planning
Scientific Name: Lithobates pipiens
English Name: Northern Leopard Frog
Other Identifier: QL668.E27 N67 2012/333.95'78921609711/C2012-980227
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