(Bismarck, ND) — A study looking at declining toad populations in North Dakota is currently ongoing. The study is a joint effort between the North Dakota Game and Fish Department and North Dakota State University, and specifically focuses on the American Toad. The American Toad is a species that was historically common in North Dakota, but they seem to have disappeared in recent years. The study uses pitfall traps in the ground to capture the toads. North Dakota Game and Fish Department biologist Pat Isakson stresses that the loss of just one species could have wide-reaching impacts on biodiversity in the area.