Wyoming Toad Animal Pictures

Anaxyrus Baxteri

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Wyoming toad (Bufo baxteri syn. Anaxyrus baxteri) at Mortenson Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Wyoming, USA USFWS Mountain-Prairie, credit Sara Armstrong / CC BY 2.0 https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Anaxyrus_baxteri-3.jpg https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/deed.en

© USFWS Mountain-Prairie, credit Sara Armstrong / CC BY 2.0 — License (Original)

In April of 2014, regional office employees visited Saratoga National Fish Hatchery to learn more about its efforts towards recovering the Wyoming toad (Bufo baxteri). The hatchery adopted a unique role in becoming the first unit in the National Fish Hatchery System to become involved in rearing endangered amphibians. The Wyoming toad was a common sight on areas of the Laramie Plains, Albany County, Wyoming, into the early 1970s but the species' populations crashed in the mid-1970s. The Wyoming toad was listed as endangered by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service in January 1984. Found only in southwestern Wyoming, the Wyoming toad is considered the most endangered amphibian in North America. The hatchery maintains a captive population for breeding, rearing, and refugia, and the offspring from this program will be used for reintroduction efforts. Photo Credit: Bridget Fahey / USFWS USFWS Mountain-Prairie / CC BY 2.0 https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Visiting_Saratoga_National_Fish_Hatchery_(14076722895).jpg https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/deed.en

© USFWS Mountain-Prairie / Bridget Fahey / CC BY 2.0 — License (Original)