We are reeling today from a letter we received from office of the Alberta fish and wildlife. Very sad news indeed. We will carry on this fight with the continued support of our fellow dart froggers. Alberta is just the first province to adopt this policy, other province's will surly follow. This is EVERYONES fight. To quote a fellow Alberta frogger " CRY HAVOC AND LET SLIP THE FROGS OF WAR' Good afternoon Dawn and Lucas, The department is going to maintain the current status of poison arrow frogs as Controlled Animals under the Alberta Wildlife Regulations. I realize that this is not what you had hoped would happen. The department completed a review of the status of all of the species listed as Controlled Animals in 2013. Last reviewed in 1997, the decision to review the regulations in 2013 was necessary in order to update the regulations and remain as current as possible to address taxonomic changes. Poison arrow frogs are a focus of major phylogenetic studies and are subject to frequent taxonomic changes. New species are being discovered regularly. This poses challenges to regulators who strive to keep relevant legislation current with ever-changing taxonomy. The decision to list the families of Dendrobatidae and Aromobatidae, rather than to limit the listing to the genus Phyllobates, was applied to recognize that approximately 1/3 of all of the poison arrow frog species are considered poisonous or noxious, that there was a reasonable probability that new species of unknown toxicity would be discovered and therefore ensure that the Wildlife Regulations could be kept more current. The department is not aware of any evidence-based certification system for differentiating between captive versus wild-caught specimens. The concern with respect to poison concentrations in a variety of species of poison arrow frogs and potential risk to the public remains. Wild-caught frogs are found in the hobby market. While unfortunate, some irresponsible poison arrow frog owners are accessing alkaloid food sources for their frogs. The management of exotic pets in Alberta is becoming increasingly complex as access to species from around the world increases and consumers desire to own and interact with wild species within their own homes. I acknowledge that the initial communication and consultation on the review of the Controlled Animals list could have been more comprehensive and we will endeavour to improve on our efforts going forward. We have improved the public accessibility to the Controlled Animals list on the department’s web site at: http://esrd.alberta.ca/fish-wildlif...s/wildlife-import-export-permits/default.aspx. For those people currently in possession of restricted poison arrow frogs, the department will offer a grace period until April 30, 2015 to allow people to divest of the frogs. Previous efforts to utilize a grandfather permit system were not successful and will not be implemented. I acknowledge the enthusiasm and investment that amphibian owners show toward their hobby and encourage owners to continue to enjoy other species of amphibians that can be lawfully possessed in Alberta. Attached is a letter which will be mailed to those people known to be in possession of poison arrow frogs. Also attached is an awareness poster that you may post in your business. Mark Heckbert Fish and Wildlife Policy Manager Fish and Wildlife Policy Branch Alberta Environment & Sustainable Resource Development Box 1500, High Prairie, AB T0G 1E0 Phone: (780) 523-6517 Fax: (780) 523-5757 This email and any files transmitted with it are confidential and intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are addressed. If you have received this email in error please notify the system manager. This message contains confidential information and is intended only for the individual named. If you are not the named addressee you should not disseminate, distribute or copy this e-mail.