- Associated Press - Friday, December 18, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - An environmental group is suing the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation over protections for the threatened Oregon spotted frog.

In a lawsuit Friday, the Center for Biological Diversity says the bureau is operating two dams on the Deschutes River in a way that harms the frogs.

The species was listed as threatened last summer under the Endangered Species Act. Once common along the West Coast, the frog survives in scattered locations in about 10 percent of its former range due to destruction of its habitat.

The 2- to 4-inch long, black-spotted frog is known for a unique clicking sound.

The environmental group says large fluctuations of the size of the dam reservoirs and flows in the river alternately flood or dry out frog habitat.

The Bureau of Reclamation declined to comment.

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