Cane toads have made their way into Northern NSW national parks
Cane toads have made their way into Northern NSW national parks Warren Lynam

Cane toads invade world heritage National Park

WHILE the cockroaches aim to kill the cane toads in the first round of State of Origin tonight, a serious battle to keep cane toads out is happening right in our backyard.

National Parks and the National Parks and Wildlife (NPWS) Service say numbers are low, but there certainly are cane toads in the world heritage listed Border Ranges and Nightcap National Park.  

They say they are doing everything they can to stop it.

"This summer 62 cane toads were found in the Border Ranges, while nine were found in the Nightcap National Park and Whian Whian State Conservation Area," NPWS pest management officer Lisa Wellman said.

"It was also very heartening that no cane toads were found in the Iluka and Yaegl Nature Reserves, on the Clarence", she said.

This summer 62 cane toads were found in the Border Ranges, while nine were found in the Nightcap National Park and Whian Whian State Conservation Area

 

Ms Wellman said cane toad eradication was a priority.

"The program was also run in four other reserves in the region that are relatively cane toad free', she said.

"There are established cane toad populations in Ballina, Byron and Tweed area, so there is still plenty of work to be done.

"After making sure it is a cane toad and not a native species, humanely and safely dispose of it. Rubber gloves should be used when handling cane toads."

The pest controller said World Environment Day was a great time for people to think about their environment and how they can help control cane toads in their local area.

Visit www.environment.nsw.gov.au/pestsweeds/CaneToads for more information about cane toads."


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