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Feds extend comment period for proposed frog listing


SACRAMENTO -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has granted a 120-day extension for comments on proposed Endangered Species Act protections for the yellow-legged frog and Yosemite toad.



The extension was requested by U.S. Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Calif., who argued a listing of the Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog and the northern district population of the mountain yellow-legged frog as endangered and the Yosemite toad as threatened could have major impacts.



The listings and their associated critical habitat designations would affect more than 2 million acres of private, state and federal land and could lead to restrictions on grazing, logging and other activities, McClintock told the agency in a letter. The California Cattlemen's Association has also voiced concerns.



Comments may be submitted online at the federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov . The docket number for the proposed listing is FWS-R8-ES-2012-0100 and for the proposed critical habitat designation is FWS-R8-ES-2012-0074.



Comments can also be mailed to: Public Comments Processing, Attn: FWS-R8-ES-2012-0100 or FWS-R8-ES-2012-0074, Division of Policy and Directives Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, MS 2042-PDM, Arlington, VA 22203.



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