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Group asks for help fighting alien frogs on Oahu

By Star-Advertiser staff

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LAST UPDATED: 08:42 a.m. HST, Sep 12, 2012


The Oahu Invasive Species Committee is asking Oahu residents to participate tonight in “Go Out and Listen Night!” to help listen for invasive coqui frogs and report if they hear coqui frogs in their area or not.

Twenty coqui frogs have been captured on Oahu since the beginning of 2012, the committee said.

The frogs are known for their sharp “ko-Kee” calls. There are no established populations of coqui frogs on Oahu, but they continue to “hitchhike” to the island in shipments from the Big Island. 

The Oahu Invasive Species Committee is asking residents with smartphones to go outside tonight between 7:30 and 8 p.m., listen for 15 minutes for the signature “ko-KEE” call of the coqui frog, and report what they heard using the free “Honolulu 311” smartphone app. The group is asking residents to report if they did or did not hear a coqui frog in their area.

Details on how to participate, what a coqui frog sounds and looks like, and step by step instructions on how to use the “Honolulu 311” app can be found at www.coqui311.blogspot.com.

Residents without a smartphone can report coqui frogs by emailing the Oahu Invasive Species Committee at oisc@hawaii.edu or by calling the State Pest Hotline, 643-PEST (643-7378).






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false wrote:
The sad truth is that this is going to be yet another waste of taxpayer dollars by over paid civil servants. They will not be able to stop the coqui. They could not stop the mongoose from landing on Kauai and they may not be able to stop the axis deer from breeding on the big island. What makes us think that they will stop something this small which breeds at a much faster rate than the mongoose and axis deer?
on September 12,2012 | 10:00AM
NuuanuMama wrote:
Da link no work!
on September 12,2012 | 10:11AM
sukebesan wrote:
I'm more worried about the brown anole lizard.
on September 12,2012 | 11:21AM
808comp wrote:
Sorry folks, the frogs are there to stay, just like the big island. You will get used to it after awhile.You'll be whistling just like them, and they will answer.
on September 12,2012 | 12:24PM
Dragonman wrote:
The Big Island responded to slow and with not enough resourceses, the result the frogs have established themselves here. Your only chance is to spend the money and energy needed now, not later, but now to stop these pests from establishing themselves on Oahu. Good Luck.
on September 12,2012 | 01:03PM
Shh wrote:
They are annoying and I have to close my windows at night. I think they will have a difficult time finding these little pests!
on September 12,2012 | 01:19PM
Shh wrote:
You can hear them in Makiki across the street from Punahou School.
on September 12,2012 | 01:17PM
rayhawaii wrote:
I saw some alien frogs but they made kee-KO sound. I would of taken a picture but the space ship they hoped into took off too fast. I'll try get a pic next time I see them. Usually after I harvest these mushrooms in my garden that they always stop by.
on September 12,2012 | 08:21PM
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