Spar for the course

S.F. getting sued over protected critters at a city-owned golf facility

A Bay Area public golf course is under scrutiny from an environmental group that is expected to take legal action to protect two fragile species at the site.

The Center for Biological Diversity charges the city of San Francisco is responsible for killing the San Francisco garter snake and the red-legged frog (pictured), both federally protected species, at its city-owned Sharp Park Golf Course, reported the San Francisco Chronicle.

Listed under the federal Endangered Species Act as endangered and threatened, respectively, the snake and frog species are being killed from the use of chemicals and habitat degradation, insists the conservation group.

Ironically, the golf course is located near Mori Point in Pacifica, where the National Park Service is already taking steps to save the animals.