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Coqui frog battle switches from eradication to control

By Associated Press


HILO >> Coqui frogs have taken over some areas of Hawaii island since they were accidentally introduced more than two decades ago, officials said.

The state Department of Agriculture’s plant quarantine branch isn’t even battling the frogs anymore because the problem is too widespread, agency official Clayton Nagata told the Hawaii Tribune-Herald in a story Sunday. However, Deborah Ward, spokeswoman for the state Department of Land and Natural Resources, said people haven’t given up on controlling the frogs.

“They’ve given up on trying to eradicate the coqui frogs because it’s unlikely that they will ever be eradicated from the Big Island,” she said.

Residents, volunteers and members of the Big Island Invasive Species Committee are working to control the spread of coqui frogs from the east side of the island to the west side. They also spray the frogs with citric acid and capture them by hand to control their presence in certain neighborhoods.

Bill Mautz, professor and chairman of the University of Hawaii at Hilo’s Biology Department, said there aren’t any good predators that can be introduced to control the frogs.

He advises homeowners to remove plants, shrub and dense vegetation that provide havens for the frogs.

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onevoice82 wrote:
Any one got a good coqui frog recipe for thanksgiving appetizers? Won't be long before they engulf Oahu!
on November 28,2013 | 03:37AM
cojef wrote:
Remember the "buffo marino" toads on Kauai where they congregated on the roads at night. We just ran over them, and the following morning found their carcass which eventually dried out on the hot pavements during the day. Can't figure out how it was eradicated?
on November 28,2013 | 08:30AM
Aquarius1 wrote:
Haha! I did that. Glad to know I wasn't the only one.
on November 28,2013 | 09:35PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Frog - 1

State - P

Mother Nature bats last.

on November 28,2013 | 09:54AM
Bdpapa wrote:
Control is okay but eradication needs to be the goal.
on November 28,2013 | 01:36PM
slacker47 wrote:
wouldnt snakes or pythons eat the frogs??
on November 28,2013 | 05:04PM
lopaka20 wrote:
Why is it nobody at uh is studying them and trying to come up with some sort of trap maybe a pheremone or fake call. There must be some way to trick them into a trap of some kind. Maybe someone should put up a prize to find one.
on November 29,2013 | 02:46AM
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