Laramie, Wy – The U-S Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking
public comment on a plan to expand the habitat of the endangered
Wyoming toad by using ranch land.
The toads are only found at Mortenson Lake southwest of Laramie.
They were put on the endangered species list in 1984.
Wildlife biologists say the lake has grown too salty and
alkaline due to the drought and might be hindering reintroduction.
Under proposed "safe harbor" agreements, ranchers who allow
toads to be released on their land would be protected if the toads
fail to thrive.
Ranchers can also continue traditional irrigation and grazing
Comment on the plan is being taken through June 14th.
If approved, habitat improvement work could start sometime this