Waist-deep in the Clinton Wetlands, Patrick Spurgeon, 17, hunts for bullfrogs at night using a flashlight, a gunny sack, and a quick hand for grabbing. The wetlands northwest of Clinton Lake are drying up, stressing the diverse plant and animal species native to the area. Spurgeon hunted for bullfrogs in late August with his father, John, and Mike Hayden, Secretary of the Kansas Wildlife and Parks Department.
A bullfrog easily blends in with its environs at the Clinton Wetlands, near Stull Road and E 100 Rd.
Human and crane footprints visible in the muddy banks of the Clinton Wetlands. The wetlands have retreated this year because of the drought.
A large bullfrog sits on a log in the Clinton Wetlands.
Mike Hayden, Secretary of the Kansas Wildlife and Parks Department, hunts for bullfrogs using a flashlight in the Clinton Wetlands northwest of Clinton Lake. Because of the drought, the wetland area is slowly drying up.
A bullfrog, too small for keeping, is displayed shortly after being caught. Hunters shine flashlights into their eyes, which temporarily blinds the frogs, making for an easy hand catch.
Frog hunters, from left, John Spurgeon, his son, Patrick, and Mike Hayden.
Patrick Spurgeon, left, and Mike Hayden spotlight a small bullfrog on the banks of the Clinton Wetlands on Tuesday night.
Mike Hayden and John Spurgeon scower the banks of the Clinton Wetlands on Tuesday night for frogs.