Reptiles and Amphibians - invasive

American Bullfrog (Lithobates catesbeianus) on Jun 24, 2008

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Are they endangering other frogs or newts in the pond? I would like to know how to get rid of the bullfrogs.

Reporter
June 24, 2008, 8:40 p.m.

Hi Jennifer, yes, it's very possible that the bullfrogs in your pond are competing with native amphibians. Bullfrogs are a major reason why young native turtles do not survive in Oregon ponds. In some areas, they eat 100 percent of young turtles. You can control them by letting ponds dry up in late summer, scooping bullfrog egg masses out of the water, trapping tadpoles or gigging adults. Be very careful that you don't harm the native frogs or salamanders or their eggs. Feel free to ask for help in identification before you start.

You can call the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife or your county Soil and Water Conservation District. Here's some contact information:

Your local Soil and Water Conservation District:

- East Multnomah County Soil and Water Conservation District: 503-222-SOIL or www.emswcd.org
- West Multnomah County Soil and Water Conservation District: 503-238-4775 or www.westmultconserv.org
- Clackamas County Soil and Water Conservation District: 503-656-3499 or www.cc-swcd.org
- Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District: 503-681-0953 or www.swcd.net

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife: Tim Friesen(503) 947-6232.

Lisa DeBruyckere
June 28, 2008, 7:24 p.m.