9 coqui frogs captured on Oahu in May thanks to public help

Photo: Dept. of Agriculture

Nine coqui frogs were captured on Oahu this month, the Hawaii Dept. of Agriculture announced Friday.

Agriculture officials attribute a large part of the captures to the public’s help.

“We appreciate the efforts of those who have reported hearing the coqui and their cooperation,” said Scott Enright, chairperson of the Hawaii Board of Agriculture. “We need everyone’s help to detect them so we can eradicate this and other invasive species that may harm Hawaii’s agriculture and eco-system.”

Frogs were captured at the following dates and locations:

  • May 9: A HDOA team caught one frog at a residence in Kalihi on Papali St. This was the second frog captured at that residence. The first one was captured in April 2014.
  • May 12: A HDOA team returned to Kalihi on Papali St. after a resident reported hearing another frog and was able to capture one frog, totaling three coqui captured at that residence. HDOA inspectors followed up by talking to the flower shipper in Kapoho on Hawaii Island where plants were recently purchased. That evening, the team also captured one coqui at a nursery in Waimanalo. A second coqui was heard, but crews were not able to capture it in a bamboo patch.
  • May 14: A HDOA team caught a coqui on Nawaakoa St. in Waipahu. A resident used her cell phone to video tape the call of the frog which made it easier to confirm that it was a coqui. The resident had recently purchased plants from various stores.
  • May 21: A HDOA team went back to the same Waimanalo nursery they visited on May 12 and captured a second coqui in a very tall bamboo patch.
  • May 27: A HDOA team was called to a Kaneohe nursery and caught three coqui. As a precaution, the nursery staff followed up by treating the area with citric acid.

Suspected invasive species should be reported immediately to the state’s toll-free pest hotline at 643-PEST (7378).

Click here to hear what a coqui frog sounds like.

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