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Coqui frogs captured in Waipahu, Kaneohe, Kalihi

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 06:34 p.m. HST, May 30, 2014

The state Department of Agriculture says nine coqui frogs were captured on Oahu this month.

Several of the invasive frogs were found at plant nurseries in Waimanalo and Kaneohe. Two others were found in the same residence in Kalihi where officials captured one coqui last month.

In Waipahu, department officials captured one after a resident used her cell phone to record its mating call. This made it easier for authorities to confirm the frog was a coqui.

Coqui frogs reproduce quickly in Hawaii because they don't have natural predators here.

The frogs are well established on the Big Island. Many have been showing up on Oahu after hitchhiking their way in plants and other cargo.

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soundofreason wrote:
I've seen birds eat lizards. I would think they'd go after these frogs too.
on May 30,2014 | 07:58PM
harley1 wrote:
whippee-y-do. You'd think the sky was falling if this deserves any reporting at all.
on May 30,2014 | 08:34PM
808comp wrote:
Really !
on May 30,2014 | 08:40PM
bsdetection wrote:
Talk to people who have to live with them, people who can't sleep without earplugs, who wear noise canceling headphones indoors at night, who can't watch television at night because the noise is too loud, and then say that this doesn't deserve to be reported. When Oahu finds out what parts of the Big Island are like and they realize that the time and place to stop this problem was years ago on on the Big Island they'll wish the State had made a serious effort at eradication when it was possible.
on May 31,2014 | 05:11AM
paauilofarmer wrote:
well, perhaps the oahu nimbys will inspire some action against these frogs. the sky may not be falling but they do make a racket. come visit the big island, it may make you sympathetic to our plight.
on May 30,2014 | 10:35PM
opihi123 wrote:
This story sends a chill down my spine thinking of what its going to be like when these get established in the koolaus. keep sending the plants from big island to here, they will get here.
on May 31,2014 | 06:48AM
HanabataDays wrote:
Oh boy, I remember living back at the end of Kalihi St. and the roosters in the back of the dojo, and all the other neighbors' roosters, would go off every morning at 5 am. Now the coqui will be singing harmony. Hate to say it but Kalihi Uka's a perfect environment for 'em.
on May 31,2014 | 07:33AM
awahana wrote:
Much like Godzilla, they have arrived.
Like vog, Oahu-ites need to get used to this.
on May 31,2014 | 08:06AM
mineeyes wrote:
The P.R. Community might welcome the coqui as it's their home country's cultural symbol.
on May 31,2014 | 09:45AM
false wrote:
Catching the frogs is a very ineffective tactic on the part of the state. The state needs to institute inspection of all vehicles and agriculture products and other items being moved from the Big Island to Oahu. If this is not done, they will be no stopping these pests from establishing themselves on all the islands. If you have not experienced the noise these pests make, you have no idea or appreciation of the problem they pose. The state also needs to urgently find some biological diseases that can be used to kill and control these pests. As usual, the state is not doing anything that is going to work.
on May 31,2014 | 10:20AM
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