Lethal Fungus infecting Alaskan Frogs

    A Wood Frog in Alaska. (Photo Credit: University of Alaska Fairbanks, Mark Spangler)

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Frogs and salamanders in the Tongass National Forest are impacted by a fungus that affects amphibians all over the world.

    It's believed to have caused declines of over 500 species and potential 90 extinctions across the world

    Amphibian chytrid fungus was discovered in Alaska in 2000

    Since then, infected toads were found around Southeast, including near Haines, Skagway, and Prince of Wales Island.

    This season, biologists in the Tongass plan to sample more areas to fine-tune the distribution of the fungus.

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