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An adult red-legged frog that survived the Woolsey Fire is shown. Scientists are working to restore area streams where the threatened frog species has been found. Photos by National Park Service
The red-legged frog study team looks for survivors of the Woolsey Fire in December 2018. Three of the four streams where the frogs have been reintroduced were destroyed in the fire, but one area was not burned and the population source in the Simi Hills survived, despite that area burning.
Biologist Mark Mendelsohn reacts to the March 2017 discovery of California red-legged frog egg masses in the Santa Monica Mountains.
Frog eggs were collected and brought to the Santa Barbara Zoo to ensure that the next generation of frogs would have an opportunity to hatch and survive. Once the tadpoles hatched, they were released at two sites in the mountains.
Suzanne Guldimann, Freelance Reporter
7:26 am PDT June 25, 2019
The Woolsey Fire and the record rains that followed the disaster have had a devastating impact on the native amphibians of the Santa Monica Mountains, especially the California red-legged frog — a species threatened with extinction.