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Two coqui frogs captured on Oahu

By Star-Advertiser Staff

LAST UPDATED: 11:04 p.m. HST, Apr 23, 2014

<br /><br />star-advertiser file / march 2010<br />Oahu's coqui frog population has grown tremendously over the past few years. Keevin Minami, with the State Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Quarantine Station, holds one of the critters.<br />

Two coqui frogs were captured on Oahu this month, one in Waikiki and one in Kalihi Valley, state Department of Agriculture officials said Wednesday.

One frog was found April 12 at a Waikiki hotel and the other near a house in Kalihi Valley on April 17, according to a department news release.

The frog at the hotel was captured by a grounds crew worker in newly planted landscaping, department officials said. The worker contacted agricultural inspectors who caught the frog. Inspectors are following up with the company that did the landscaping at the hotel, officials said.

In Kalihi Valley, a neighbor called the department about the coqui frog. When inspectors arrived, the property owners said they had heard the frog for months but didn't notify authorities, according the department.

Agricultural department officials said they are concerned that in both incidents there was a reluctance to contact authorities.

The hotel was concerned about negative publicity so their crews sought to catch the frog themselves, department officials said, while the Kalihi Valley homeowners knew there was a coqui frog on their property but did not call authorities.

"Our crews have developed successful strategies in capturing coqui frogs and have been able to eradicate them on Oahu," said Neil Reimer, acting administrator of the Plant Industry Division. "People should not try to capture the frogs themselves because they may cause the frogs to scatter and widen the infestation area or make the coqui skittish and more difficult to capture." 

Suspected invasive species should be reported immediately to the state's toll-free pest hotline at 643-7378, officials said.

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stoneface wrote:
The State really dropped the ball on this invasive species. When they showed up on the Big Island the Ag department did nothing; now they are everywhere. They ARE coming to Oahu; It's inevitable, there are just too many here on Hawaii and too many travelers between Islands. The State has ignored the Little Fire ant here too. They do nothing until the pests appear on Maui or Oahu; Then it's too late. They are coming!
on April 23,2014 | 05:20PM
Wazdat wrote:
on April 24,2014 | 12:35AM
Slow wrote:
Does anyone think we should not fully staff the agencies who inspect cargo, who eradicate coquis, who take action quickly when new serious threats emerge? Having lived most of my life on Oahu and now living on the island of Hawaii for the last 2 years, it is almost laughable to see Oahu now taking action about coquis. Hawaii may have had a chance to stop them but it is too late.
on April 23,2014 | 07:09PM
Wazdat wrote:
on April 24,2014 | 12:35AM
GoldenRule wrote:
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on April 23,2014 | 08:07PM
DiverDave wrote:
Good question GoldenRule. Initially they have none. So, their populations tend to spike up quickly until they start to over eat their food source (bugs) and they are recognized as a food source for certain predators like mongooses, chickens, hawks, egrets, rats, etc. Then their populations will fall until they reach a sort of equilibrium in any certain area. Because only the males chirp at night, if a male is captured you can bet there are females out laying eggs that cannot be detected. The good news is that they eat mosquitos, and they shut up in the day time. I could never get my children to shut up in the day time!
on April 24,2014 | 10:46AM
harley1 wrote:
the sky is falling, the sky is falling - not to worry, uncle neil's agents of doom will protect us all!
on April 23,2014 | 08:07PM
inHilo wrote:
Headline makes Oahu sound like an old lady frantically pulling up her skirt because she saw a mouse. Oh, and thank you for all the help when these swarming, rubbery firecrackers spoiled the Big Island's sleep.
on April 24,2014 | 06:24AM
livinginhawaii wrote:
What do you expect from a dysfunctional department that captures snakes, piranha, and other evasive species from individuals then turns around and refuses to apply the penalty mandated by law?
on April 24,2014 | 07:19AM
Upperkula wrote:
I once saw a Coqui frog that was huge this thing had legs of pure muscle, when it jumped it would make 5 foot leep's, well that was'nt enough for my size 14 rubba slippa, I smashed that bugga into the grass but it's musular body withstood the smashing when I lifted my slippa it just hopped away and laughed at me. I thought to my self ooh boy this little bugga is like Arnold Sharzeniger, I went after it but it hopped to far to fast, I could her it chirpping, " I'LL Be Back"
on April 24,2014 | 08:06AM
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