toadWith the cooler months upon us, the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has concluded its cane toad control program for the season.

NPWS Pest Officer, Lisa Wellman, said that a control program funded by the Northern Rivers Catchment Management Authority had caught 157 toads in the Border Ranges National Park and one at Terania Creek, in Nightcap National Park.

“These are priority areas for control and monitoring, due to their World Heritage status,” Ms Wellman said.

“Cane toads are a threat to biodiversity, particularly in areas such as the Border Ranges and Nightcap national parks, which are renowned for their native frog populations, including threatened species.

“It was pleasing that no toads were found in Bundjalung National Park, near Evans Head, this year, following their first sighting in that area in 2008.

“Although this is now the end of the cane toad season, people still may notice a few unearthed in debris from the recent floods.

“The award-winning cane toad school education program was also delivered to 153 children in six schools this season. The education kits are available from the NPWS for interested teachers and community groups.”

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