In Australia, when legitimate authorities and environmental groups
failed to prevent an amphibian invasion, the country was beset by violent anti-frog vigilantism.
Is that in the works for San Francisco?
"Fellow frog foes" wasn't mere alliterative indulgence: There
really exists a community of activists concerned that African Clawed
Frogs lurking in Lily Pond, across JFK Boulevard from the
Conservatory of Flowers, might get out and wreak environmental havoc.
Thus far they've been peaceful, and there's no reason to believe they won't remain so.
their powder dry for the day they might assemble to help drain the pond,
and grind up, poison, dry out, or otherwise exterminate the pond's
population of eat-everything frogs. But so far they've been snubbed by city and state bureaucrats.
"The rejected us on several grounds. And when I responded with reasonable and
factual rebuttals the communication stopped. We never got answers. All we got
was a 'NO,'" Young wrote. He's hoping for "the backing of one of the large [environmental] groups -- and they need to submit some
pressing requests such as getting permits to check out the rest of the ponds in
Golden Gate Park."
There exists absolutely no evidence that people who advocate cleansing Golden Gate Park of invasive frogs are liable to form vigilante squads.
It's nonetheless instructive to examine the case of Australia, where citizen vigilante groups have formed to fight and kill invasive poisonous toads. Per a 2007 story in the Sunday Times of London:
A cane toad the size of a small dog has been killed by self-styledAccording to London's The Independent, the Australian frog vigilantes aren't your warm,cuddly variety.
vigilantes in Darwin, raising fears over the poisonous animal's rapid
spread across a swath of northern Australia.
traps and plastic bags," The Independent reported. " A local politician has recommended attacking the amphibians with golf clubs and cricket bats."
At the time of the vigilante assaults, the frog war threatened to escalate further, according to The Independent.
Frog Watch is not only organizing military-style operations, which have
taken on an added urgency as the monsoon season builds, swelling the
waterways and flushing the toads into a breeding frenzy. It is also
calling on the Australian armed forces to do their bit.
Watch. ... said the military could play an important role. "We need as many
people on the ground as we can possibly get, and if the military can
work out strategies for controlling toads on their ground, that's fine