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1 a, "fir,,- June 6, 2012 Page 13 Grea ()utdoors Bt 11 Frogs a real sight see - andL it's always open season The other day I came across one of the biggest bullfrogs I've ever seen. He was sitting on the edge of a wetland under some cattails, soak- ing up the morning sun. I could tell it was a "he" due to the size of his eardrums. All bullfrogs have ear- drums located behind their'eyes. A male's eardrums are larger than its eyes, while a female's eardrums are the same size or smaller than its eyes. Bullfrogs (Rana catesbei- ana) are the largest frog in North America. Females grow larger than males, up to 8 inches. They vary in color, from dark olive to pale green above, and from white to cream underneath. They often have dark gray mottling (splotches) on their back legs. You can tell a bullfrog from other frogs by its lack of dorsolat- eral ridges, which are the two long lines down the back of most frogs. Bullfrogs have a deep, loud call which can be heard u,p to a quarter of a mile. Bullfrogs are voracious eaters and will eat just about any animal they can overpower and swallow. Their diet includes insects, cray- Kyle "fecI{:i'00 wins Despite some rain in the morning the staff at the Willamette Speedway was determined to race at the historical oval on June 2 for the annual Strawberry Cup pre- sented by Napa Auto Parts. Another large crowd was on hand to take in the action of the DirtCar Super Late Models, USRA Modifieds, Sportsman, Classic Sportsman, and Mini Trucks. The Friday evening season opener for the Karts was cancelled and Speedway officials hope to kick off that season on June 15. The Mini Trucks officially had their first race of 2012 and it was Mark Vonsil of Scio outlasting Clinton Cole of Mehama. Vonsil performed a clean sweep with a fast time of 21.800 seconds, the heat race, and the trophy dash. Kyle Yeack of Crawfordsville earned back-to-back wins in the OUTDOORS Scott Staats fish, worms, minnows, other frogs (even bullfrogs), small turtles, snakes, baby birds and even small rodents. The can often fall prey to great blue herons, raccoons and larger snakes. Females, which actually tend to be larger than males, lay up to 20,000 eggs in huge sheets, which they attach to plants under the wa- ter. By comparison, smaller native species such as the red-legged flog, lay 5,000. Bullfrogs are native to the eastern United States but have been introduced into western states Bullfrogs like slow-moving or still their surroundings. where they have decimated some native frog populations. Bullfrogs are considered a con- trolled species in Oregon and can legally be harvested year-round. No angling license is required, ac-. cording to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. In recent statewide Surveys, bullfrogs were found to be most numerous in the Willamette Valley ecoregion. The frogs were typi- back to back at Lebanon !rai:k Classic Sportsman, becoming the second driver to win more than one feature this season. Yeack was fast all night long Up to that point and once he overtook the lead he was able to cruise to victory. The USRA Modified feature was a caution-filled affair but de- spite all the stoppages Dustin Ditt- man Of Albany captured his first win of 2012 and his third straight win at the Strawberry Cup in a Modified. Dittman had to earn his paycheck after a fantastic race with Justin Evans of Lebanon. Brett James of Albany finished second and Kyle Yeack was third. Tom Yeack of Crawfordsville and Justin Evans completed the top five. Craig Hanson of Albany was fast time of the night at 16.780 sec- onds along with the trophy dash while heat race winners were Phil Robinson of Lebanon, Justin Ev- arts, and Kyle Yeack. DirtCar Super Late Models and USRA Modifieds return, along with the Sportsman, Classic Sports- man, and Mini Trucks on Saturday, June 9. Oon Monday, June 11, the Willamette Speedway will host 410 Sprints for the first time this season along with the USRA Modifieds as the support class. For more information, visit Www.trophymotorsports.com. Lebanon Speedway USRA Modifieds June 5 Results - 20 Cars Fast Time: Craig Hanson 16.780 Trophy Dash: Craig Hanson Heat Race Winners: Phil Robinson (1), Justin Evans (2), Kyle Yeack (3) A-Feature: 1. Dustin Dlttman, 2. Brett James, 3. Kyle Yeack, 4. Tom Yeack, 5. Jus- tin Evans, 6. Bubba Foster, 7. Craig Cassell, 8. Rod McCombs, 9. Phil Robinson, 10. Craig Hanson, 11. Sandy Sanders, 12. Jef- frey Rivers, 13. Chad Slover, 14. Rick Cham- bers, 15. Robert Hoefs, 16. John Campos, 17. Casey Vitale, 18. Justin Dittman, 19. Kevin Keeney, DNS Steven Strudevant. Photo by Scott Staats water, in which they can blend with cally observed in isolated ponds, beaver ponds and other slow water environments. Bullfrogs were not commonly observed in streams. They tend to prefer environments in which they blend in well, as the photo at left shows. If you see bullfrogs in the wild, remove them to eat or kill them. One accepted method is stunning the frog with a sharp blow to the head, followed by decapitation. Make sure you have first identified the frog as a bullfrog; most native frogs are protected and cannot be removed from the wild or killed. People have found many uses for bullfrogs including dining on their hind legs. These frogs are also used for medical research since their body systems are similar to those of higher animals. Bullfrogs are currently dissected in many high school biology classes so students can learn animal anatomy. Scott Staats is a full-time outdoor writer who lives in Prineville. 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