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More coqui frogs captured on Oahu and Kauai

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 12:47 p.m. HST, May 02, 2014

The state Department of Agriculture caught two coqui frogs in Kahaluu and Waimanalo this week, and three others were captured at a Kauai nursery.

On Oahu, one coqui was found on a dry-docked boat at a home in Kahaluu, the same place where another coqui was caught on Apr. 2. A Department of Agriculture crew captured the frog Monday. Another tiny, screeching frog was captured by a member of the Oahu Invasive Species Committee at a Waimanalo nursery Tuesday.

On Tuesday evening, a Kauai Invasive Species Committee field crew captured three coqui frogs at a nursery, but were unable to capture at least one more frog at the site. 

Up to a foot away, the mating call of a male coqui frog can reach up to the decibel level of 90 to 100, comparable to the noise level made by a lawnmower, table saw or helicopter.

"It is important to report suspected coqui frogs as soon as possible," said Scott Enright, chairman of the Hawaii Board of Agriculture, in the news release. "Our experience proves that the sooner we hear about it, the easier it is for us to eradicate coqui infestations."

The Agriculture Department said invasive species should be reported to the state's toll-free pest hotline at 643-PEST (7378). To hear what a coqui frog sounds like, go to http://www.hear.org/AlienSpeciesInHawaii/species/frogs/.

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Anonymous wrote:
Good job, DAG!!!
on May 2,2014 | 01:41PM
livinginhawaii wrote:
DAG is misguided. Sadly this is a matter of "when" and not "if" they will infest all islands. Money should be spent at the UH, similarly to the fruit fly genetic engineering project. They engineered sterile males or females (I can't recall) then released the sterile gender. The same should be done with the coqui.
on May 2,2014 | 02:32PM
samidunn wrote:
Here they come folks and it is not a pleasant sound. Here
on May 2,2014 | 02:54PM
gmejk wrote:
Reminds me that old Star Trek saying...."Resistance is futile." Better get used to sleeping with ear plugs, the windows closed and the air conditioning running.
on May 2,2014 | 03:32PM
Aloha wrote:
http://www.hear.org/AlienSpeciesInHawaii/species/frogs/lotsafrogs-short.wav Get 'em.
on May 2,2014 | 04:17PM
Bothrops wrote:
DAG does not run the invasive species committees. They are community groups.
on May 2,2014 | 08:45PM
harley1 wrote:
Put them in the pond at the big square building on Beretania Street. At least the noise they create will be coherent and melodic, unlike that which emanates from within the building.
on May 2,2014 | 08:55PM
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