Frogs, Snakes Get Police Escort at SFO

In an effort to protect an endangered and threatened species, the police will begin patrolling the fence of open space on airport property.


The San Francisco Police Department is launching extra patrols along the fence line of open space at SFO to protect the endangered San Francisco Garter Snake and the threatened Red-Legged Frog.

The species are no strangers to most Pacificans, as they live on the and are at the center of a legal battle between environmental groups and golfers that threatens the future of golf there. 

According to the Huffington Post, the airport has had issues with trespassers on the property, which includes wetlands, that borders San Francisco's Bayview District. 

"We've always had fences along the property," SFO spokesman Mike McCarron told The Huffington Post. "But nearby residents kept jumping them or cutting holes in them to get inside."

SFO sits on 32 acres of filled-in wetlands, and the airport has made improvements to 558 acres of neighboring wetlands and tidal marshes to compensate for airport activities. Those efforts have included planting trees, building canals and using goats rather than machines for vegetation management. 

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hutch March 20, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Frog Leg Stew: In a Dutch oven, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over high heat until smoking. Add the frog legs and sear until dark golden brown on all sides. Add vegetables and simmer.
Charles March 20, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Just another way of wasting taxpayers dollars $$$$$.....
Erin Macias March 20, 2012 at 06:10 PM
Sharp Park all over again <sigh> waste of time and money. We have so many serious issues. What about protecting the children of the human species? Where are the activists?
Kirkham March 20, 2012 at 07:59 PM
Maybe if we get Pacifica Police to patrol Sharp Park GC that will get Plater an his band of merry nuts off our case..
Michael Nielsen March 25, 2012 at 04:08 PM
Since I am big fan of wild and nature so I appreciate these efforts in order to protect San Francisco garter snake and the threatened Red-Legged Frog. If someone is looking to find information about garter snakes, he/she should visit gartersnake.org.


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