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DNR: Replacement of bridge may kill rare frogs

GRANT COUNTY, WI (WTAQ) - The state DNR says the replacement of a bridge in southwest Wisconsin might kill some rare frogs -- but not enough to wipe out the species.  

Grant County officials want to replace a bridge over the Platte River in the town of Ellenboro. The endangered northern cricket frog is close by.  

The DNR says it could result in the incidental taking of some frogs, and the agency is granting preliminary authorization to allow it for now.  

It's taking public comments on the matter through February 11th.  

DNR officials say the project will not jeopardize the cricket frog's continued existence or recovery -- and the agency agrees that the new bridge would be a benefit to the public.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)