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A cowboy relaxes at a pack station at Kings Canyon National Park’s Sixty Lakes Basin.

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A scientist holds a Mount Lyell salamander (Hydromantes platycephalus) in the Sixty Lake Basin of King’s Canyon National Park, Nevada.

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Recently killed introduced trout in the Sixty Lake Basin of King’s Canyon National Park, Nevada.

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A scientist swabs a Mount Lyell salamander (Hydromantes platycephalus) to test for chytrid fungus in the Sixty Lake Basin of King’s Canyon National Park, Nevada.

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A scientist swabs a Mount Lyell salamander (Hydromantes platycephalus) to test for chytrid fungus in the Sixty Lake Basin of King’s Canyon National Park, Nevada.

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A scientist holds a Mount Lyell salamander (Hydromantes platycephalus) in the Sixty Lake Basin of King’s Canyon National Park, Nevada.

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The Grant Grove of redwood trees in King’s Canyon National Park.

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Trout like this one were first introduced into the waters of Sixty Lake Basin in the Sierra Nevada nearly a century ago. The fish flourished, creating a paradise for anglers. They also devoured tadpoles and froglets, nearly wiping out native amphibians like the mountain yellow-legged frogs. Trout stocking was stopped here in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks in the 1970s, and now national park staff are working to net out the fish from many lakes in hopes that reduced predation will help frog populations recover.

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Chytrid fungus has swept through Kings Canyon National Park with a vengance. This is one of the last southern moutain yellow-legged frogs (Rana muscosa) in the area. The disease first appeared in this High Sierra basin in 2004, and has virtually wiped out the last stronghold metapopulations of this species. “Worldwide, this is the worst case of a disease causing extinctions in recorded history, and we’re seeing the results of it right here,” said Vance Vredenburg, an amphibian ecologist who has studied the basin for 13 years. (IUCN: EN, US: EN)

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In King’s Canyon National Park, California, chytrid fungus has swept through with a vengeance. Shown are some of the last southern moutain yellow-legged frogs (Rana muscosa) as they lay dead from the fungus. The disease first appeared in this High Sierra basin in 2004, and has virtually wiped out the last stronghold metapopulations of this species. Where once tens of thousands lived, now fewer than 100 remain. “Worldwide, this is the worst case of a disease causing extinctions in recorded history, and we’re seeing the results of it right here,” said Vance Vredenburg, an amphibian ecologist who has studied the basin for 13 years.

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