Frog jumping contest canceled over state rules

Posted: Sunday, May 16, 2010

KODIAK - Kodiak's annual frog jumping contest has been canceled.

The fixture of 25 years at Kodiak's Crab Festival has fallen victim to stringent rules put in place by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Officials are requiring 60 of the 100 frogs be tested for viruses - at $10 per frog. They worry the frogs shipped in from the Lower 48 might carry disease which could infect local fish or shellfish stocks.

The jumping contest is sponsored by Tony's Bar. Manager Patty Almeter says the tests are too costly to carry on.

Radio station KMXT reports people have suggested replacing frogs with native species, like slugs or Dungeness crab.

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