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Action Alert! Help stop the bullfrog importation

The American Bullfrog is a harmful non-native invasive species in California that spreads disease and eats native wildlife. The frogs are imported into the state by the millions and cause huge ecological damage to the state’s wildlife and ecosystems. On February 12th, 2015 the California Fish and Game Commission will be receiving a presentation from Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) staff in Sacramento, CA on the status of the Department’s American bullfrog importation policies.

Please e-mail the CA Fish & Game Commission today at fgc@fgc.ca.gov and urge them to place a complete ban on the importation of live American Bullfrogs!

You can read SAVE THE FROGS! Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger’s official comments here.

SAVE THE FROGS! and other stakeholders have been working on changing the State’s policies on bullfrog importation for five years and have successfully gotten regulations in place in the City and County of Santa Cruz, CA. Over the past 2 years, Executive Director Dr. Kerry Kriger and Advisory Board Member Chris Berry have met with California Resources Agency and DFW management, consulted with legislators and other conservation organizations, conducted market and legal research, collected petition signatures and authored draft legislation that would ban the importation of live American bullfrogs in the State of California.

While this issue is relatively straightforward from an ecological perspective, the politics of this issue surrounding cultural traditions and the pet trade are sufficiently complex that progress on meaningful policy change on a statewide level has been very slow. However, this Commission meeting is a unique opportunity for frog enthusiasts to have their voices heard and significantly advance this cause. Please try to attend this meeting or contact the Commission by February 6th to let them know that you support protecting the Golden State’s great native biota…and therefore want the importation of live American bullfrogs into the State of California stopped.

To learn more about how you can support this effort contact the STF! office at contact@savethefrogs.com
You can also learn more about the Commission meeting at the link below:
http://www.fgc.ca.gov/meetings/2015/Feb/02111215agd.pdf

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MORE INFO ON SUBMITTING WRITTEN MATERIALS
The public is encouraged to comment on any agenda item. Submit written comments by one of the following methods: E-mail to fgc@fgc.ca.gov; mail to:
CA Fish and Game Commission,
1416 Ninth Street, Room 1320,
Sacramento, CA 95814;
or hand-deliver to a Commission meeting.

Written comments received at the Commission office by 5:00 p.m. on January 29 will be made available to Commissioners prior to the meeting. Comments received by 12 noon on February 6 will be marked late and made available to Commissioners at the meeting. Otherwise, 12 copies of written comments must be brought to the meeting. All materials provided to the Commission may be made available to the general public. All petitions for regulatory change and non-regulatory requests will follow a two-meeting cycle to ensure proper review and thorough consideration of each item. All requests submitted by 12 noon on February 6 (or heard during public forum at the meeting) will be scheduled for receipt at this meeting, and scheduled for consideration at the next business meeting.

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