LONGMONT, Colo. (AP) — Several northern Colorado communities are banding together to rid the region of American bullfrogs, an invasive species hurting the native population of northern leopard frogs.

The Longmont Times-Call reports Jefferson and Boulder counties, along with Longmont, Boulder and Fort Collins, are working with a Denver-based environmental consultant to come up with a plan to eradicate the larger predatory bullfrogs.

Biologists say the bullfrogs often carry a fungus that can kill northern leopard frogs and have been known to eat the Colorado native Preble’s meadow jumping mouse, which is listed as threatened under the United States Endangered Species Act.

Boulder County Wildlife Biologist Mac Kobza says, “We’re just trying to keep all the puzzle pieces, as many as we can, to keep the ecosystem in a natural state.”

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Information from: Daily Times-Call, http://timescall.com/

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