Toad thieves sought in Arizona

Toad thieves sought in Arizona
Maricopa County Parks via Facebook/KTVK
Two people were caught on video stealing Sonoran Desert toads from the Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area and Maricopa County Parks is asking for your help identifying them.

Three people were caught on video stealing Sonoran Desert toads from an Arizona conservation area.

Maricopa County Parks and Recreations posted clips on the Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area’s Facebook page. One clip, captured July 19, shows at least one toad moving around in what looks like a plastic shopping bag.

Another clip shows a woman putting a toad into the bag.

Those clips are among several that have been turned over to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, according to the Facebook post.

Sonoran Desert toads, also known as Colorado River toads, are toxic, especially to animals that may pick one up or lick the toads.

The toxins also have hallucinogenic properties, but it isn’t clear if that’s why the three people captured on video July 19 took the toads, according to KTVK.