Excerpt: “When the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife sent a letter to Larry and Amanda Andersen asking if the ODFW could do a survey of foothill yellow-legged frogs on the couple’s property, the Andersens said go for it, but with a few conditions, conditions that may look familiar to anyone who has ever applied for a hunting license or an invasive species permit with the ODFW.
The Southern Oregon couple’s letter, which according to Facebook comments by the poster, Matthew Johansen, was sent in to the agency….[was initially] shared 83,872 on Facebook.
Thank you for your inquiry regarding our property to survey for the yellow-legged frog. We may be able to help you out in this matter.
We have divided our 2.26 acres into 75 equal survey units with a draw tag for each unit. Application fees are only $8.00 per unit after you purchase the “Frog Survey License” ($120.00 resident/$180 Non-resident). You will need to obtain a “Frog Habitat” parking permit ($10.00 per vehicle). You will also need an “Invasive Species” stamp for the vehicle ($15.00 for the first vehicle and $5.00 each add’l vehicle). You will want to also register at the check station to have your vehicle inspected for non-native plant life prior to entering our property. There is also a Day Use fee ($5.00 per vehicle).
If you are successful in the Draw you will be notified two weeks in advance so you can make necessary plans and purchase your “Creek Habitat” stamp. ($18.00 Resident / $140.00 Non-Resident). Survey units open between 8am and 3pm but you cannot commence survey until 9am and must cease all survey activity by 1pm.
Survey Gear can only include a net with a 2” diameter made of 100% organic cotton netting with no longer than an 18” handle, non-weighted and no deeper than 6′ from net frame to bottom of net. Handles can only be made of BPA-free plastics or wooden handles. After 1pm you can use a net with a 3” diameter if you purchase the “Frog Net Endorsement” ($75.00 Resident / $250 Non-Resident). Any frogs captured that are released will need to be released with an approved release device back into the environment unharmed.
As of June 1, we are offering draw tags for our “Premium Survey” units and application is again only $8.00 per application. However, all fees can be waived if you can verify “Native Indian Tribal rights and status.
You will also need to provide evidence of successful completion of “Frog Surveys and You” comprehensive course on frog identification, safe handling practices, and self-defense strategies for frog attacks. This course is offered online through an accredited program for a nominal fee of $750.00.
Please let us know if we can be of assistance to you. Otherwise, we decline access to our property but appreciate your inquiry.
Larry & Amanda Anderson