As summer approaches, the local community of the Far North Coast are being asked to ‘do their bit’ to help stop the spread of cane toads.

National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) Pest Management Officer, Lisa Wellman, said that as cane toads will be active from now until mid-autumn, it is important that people know what to do if they find one.

“Most people are eager to help stop the spread of the cane toad, but want to know what to do when they find one and how to distinguish them from a native frog,” Ms Wellman said.

“Cane toads are widespread and well-established throughout most of the Northern Rivers Region, as far south as Evans Head and west to Woodenbong.

“The active southern front lies near Coraki and Casino, whilst to the west Kyogle, Grevillia and Old Bonalbo are also recording the pest.

“The NPWS is interested in reports of cane toads outside this area.

“We also have a fridge magnet available to assist people to identify cane toads as it can sometimes be hard to tell native frogs and cane toads apart.

“Many of the native frogs that people mistake for cane toads are species that are threatened.

“It is important to remove toad temptations such as pet food and to keep outside lighting turned off when not needed. Cane toads like lighting because it attracts insects for them to feed on.

“Cane toads are a serious threat because they have a big appetite which includes native wildlife and they also poison wildlife and domestic animals that pick them up in their mouths.”

Copies of the fridge magnet are available from the NPWS office Alstonville. Telephone 66270200.

For further information on cane toads see www.environment.nsw.gov.au