Thursday, June 16, 2005

An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pond of Cure

It was just over a year ago that the ISW first posted about the red tape complicating plans to remove the African clawed frogs (Xenopus laevis) from a pond in Golden Gate Park. Guess what? They're still there. As reported by the San Francisco Examiner, the Lily Pond Coalition is complaining that city and state officials are not moving fast enough to eradicate the frogs, and is worried that there will be a negative impact on native frog species.

There are now more than 10,000 African clawed frogs in Lily Pond. The article makes it sound like officials still aren't sure about the best way to get rid of them, so perhaps it does not make sense to act in haste. But while there are many more invasive species problems than California has time or money to address, this seems like a well-contained potential threat that would be a lot less expensive to clean up now, before the frogs have a chance to spread.

Interested readers may also want to check out this piece in Faultline.

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