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Crews catch 3 coqui frogs on Oahu

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 3:42 p.m. HST, Apr 3, 2014

Two Hawaii Department of Agriculture crews captured three coqui frogs Wednesday night in separate areas of Oahu. One coqui frog was found on a boat at a residence in Kahaluu and the others at nurseries in Kaimuki and Kunia. 

All three incidents were reported on Monday and Tuesday of this week by neighbors of those properties who reported hearing the coqui frog's distinct two-tone mating call. 

In a news release issued by the department, Scott Enright, chairperson of the Hawaii Board of Agriculture, said: "Our staff on Oahu have been diligent in following up on calls from the public and have been able to eradicate coqui frogs on this island."

It's suspected that the frogs found at the nurseries hitchhiked from Hawaii island on plant material. The Kahaluu capture involved possible movement aboard a boat that was shipped from Hawaii island.

State investigators seized two dozen frogs from a Manoa home last Thursday, including four poison dart frogs that were sent to Hawaii through the U.S. mail, according to the Department of Agriculture.

Suspected invasive species should be reported to the state's toll-free PEST HOTLINE - 643-PEST (7378).

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