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Amphibians and reptile populations are declining in many areas of North America due to habitat loss, contaminants, introduction of alien species, and disease. Developments or activities that impact habitat that supports endangered species generally require permits from regional, provincial and sometimes federal governments.

The B.C. Wildlife Act helps ensure the wise management of our wildlife resources and minimize the negative impacts of human activities. The Act prevents the collection, handling, and trade of all native wildlife except under permit.

The B.C. Water Sustainability Act helps ensure the wise management of our water resources and minimize the negative impacts of human activities. The Act prevents changes in and about a stream (including wetlands) except under permit (Section 11).

The Species at Risk Act (SARA) provides for the protection of listed species and their residence and critical habitat. SARA applies primarily to federally managed species (aquatic species and migratory birds), and on federal lands. However, there are provisions for this protection to be provided on provincial Crown and private lands if laws of the province do not effectively protect a species or its residence and critical habitat.

Other tools that indirectly offer some protection to the Oregon Spotted Frog and other amphibians include the Fisheries Act, Environmental Protection Act and the BC Riparian Areas Regulation. For additional information on protection visit the B.C. Government website FAQ.