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Rock climbers campaign to access local
cliff closed to protect endangered frogs

Los Angeles Times, by Louis Sahagun

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Posted By:NorthernDog, 10/11/2018 1:19:00 PM

LOS ANGELES - Williamson Rock is a sheer granite wall that rises from chaparral in the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument. Crisscrossed with 300 routes, it has been a proving ground for Southern California rock climbers since the 1960s. But in a move that outraged many in the climbing community, the area was closed in 2005 to protect an isolated colony of federally endangered Southern California mountain yellow-legged frogs from being trampled. Now, at a time when the Trump administration is downplaying the importance of conservation in public lands, rock climbers are stepping up efforts to reopen what had

Enviros refuse to compromise. Want the site permanently off limits. Can´t the climbers step over the yellow frog legs?


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Heil Liberals, 10/11/2018 1:28:13 PM     (No. 11793262)

This is just another example of the control that totalitarians wish to exert on everyone. I am unaware of any climbers who see the frogs as a menace and set out to purposely destroy their existence.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: tip35c, 10/11/2018 2:43:48 PM     (No. 11793363)

Quite unexpected, seeing how 28% of Lesser Southern California Mountain Yellow-Legged Green-Footed Splay-Toed Hooting Frog deaths are caused by plummeting rock climbers.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: earlybird, 10/11/2018 3:56:11 PM     (No. 11793422)

This was another envirowacko land grab. Then Obie came along and grabbed a bunch more. Used and enjoyed by locals for more than decades. Think at least a century… My late Mother was climbing the San Gabriels with friends as early as 1922....

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Mrduc, 10/11/2018 5:39:01 PM     (No. 11793497)

Well, actually, #1, those climbers are the very same ones who rush out of restaurants and down to our beaches to throw their plastic straws there. /s

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Reply 5 - Posted by: skacmar, 10/11/2018 6:11:48 PM     (No. 11793526)

So I can´t go rock climbing because a frog in the water (not near the rocks) might get stepped on? Not being an environmentalist I have some questions after reading the article:
1. How do you know how many frogs there are? I have been places that I know there are a lot of frogs but I don´t usually see them.
2. The article noted that the frog population has been decimated by forest fires and mudslides. Aren´t many of these natural disasters caused or made worse by environmental policies that are insisted upon by the same people wanting to protect the frogs?
3. Who is going to monitor the "monitors" with the point system noted in the article. If a bird or fox eats a frog will that count as a violation?

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Reply 6 - Posted by: skacmar, 10/11/2018 6:14:23 PM     (No. 11793533)

If the environmentalists really wanted to protect the environment and things in nature they should closely monitor the homeless mess on the streets of San Francisco. They could also protect trees by stop wasting paper filing frivilous lawsuits.

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