Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Sharp Park workers killed rare frogs, groups say

Environmental groups Monday accused San Francisco of killing California red-legged frogs and illegally moving their eggs during winter flooding at Sharp Park Golf Course, the latest volley in an ongoing scrap over the endangered species that inhabits the city-owned links.

The accusations by the Center for Biological Diversity, Sierra Club and National Parks Conservation Association were filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco in an attempt to win an immediate judgment against the city for the frog deaths. The complaint alleges that golf course employees or contractors moved stranded frog eggs to another pond to hide evidence that their pumping activities were killing frogs.

"The facts are indisputable, and we'd like the court to immediately rule before trial on the red-legged frog," said Jeff Miller, conservation advocate for the Center for Biological Diversity, who claimed to have photographic evidence of frog deaths and egg removals. "This is the second consecutive year we've caught them and the sixth time in the last 10 years that they've killed red-legged frogs."

Posted by Steve Sinai


Anonymous said...

oh brother. I'm sure they killed the frogs themselves and planted all the evidence. Communists will stop at nothing to justify their means.

Anonymous said...

These people have way too much time on their hands.

Anonymous said...

Rare frogs? Cook those suckers first!

Paul Slavin said...

What is obvious to any unbiased observer(like federal judge Susan Illston) is that the frog population is INCREASING at Sharp Park and no amount of legal doubletalk or feigned outrage can obscure that fact. Some have questioned the veracity of the ambiguous photographs in Brent Plater Brent's press release, but I doubt they're phonies. The Center for Biological Diversity got nailed for falsifying photographic evidence in the Chilton Ranch lawsuit a few years ago, and Brent would never risk that embarrassment again. That was the case,by the way, where the Arizona Supreme Court, in 2007, did not agree with the CBD's right to "lie, defame, misrepresent and practice a reckless disregard for the truth as long as thetheir intentions were to advance their environmental agenda." Look it up.

Hutch said...

This is another (Quarry & Fish and Bowl) prime example of environmental extremists blocking development or use by people because of some imagined environmental crisis.

Jeezus, these frogs weren't even native to sharp park. But they try and use these frogs to deprive 30,000 San Mateo and San Francisco golfers from enjoying their sport in one of the only public courses around.

I say protect wildlife, but people come first. Golfers and frogs have been co-existing for years. The golf course was here before the frogs so I say move the frogs if there's such a big problem.