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Cane toad found at Pilbara mine site

Cane toad found at mine site
Cane toad found at mine site Roy Hill

A vigilant construction worker has discovered a cane toad at mine site accommodation in the Pilbara.

The juvenile toad, which was found in poor condition on Saturday 21 February on a concrete pathway at the Roy Hill facility, died overnight and was transported to the Department of Parks and Wildlife for identification on Monday.

The department’s State cane toad program coordinator Corrin Everitt said the discovery, which occurred outside known cane toad breeding areas in the Kimberley, was a timely reminder for members of the public.

“This animal has probably arrived as a ‘hitchhiker’ travelling from a toad-infested area,” Ms Everitt said.

“Cane toads can hide in very small spaces so it is important for travellers and commercial freight companies to inspect vehicles, luggage, pallets, camping gear and caravans before they leave.

“In this instance a worker at the mine, who is believed to be from Queensland and quite cane toad-aware, spotted the suspected toad and successfully caught it.”

Ms Everitt praised the quick response of the worker and Roy Hill management in immediately notifying Parks and Wildlife of the toad and organising its transportation to Perth.

“Cooperation and collaboration with industry and the community is vital to raise awareness of cane toad ‘hitchhikers’ and to prevent breeding populations of cane toads from inadvertently establishing in southern Western Australia,” she said.

Cane toads (Rhinella marina) are an invasive, fast-breeding species and toxic to many native animals.

If a suspected toad is found by a member of the public, Parks and Wildlife recommends not killing it in case it is a harmless native frog.

The animal should be isolated and the sighting immediately reported to the Parks and Wildlife cane toad hotline on 1800 44 WILD (9453)


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Last modified on Friday, 27 February 2015 12:08