Publish on 01 Apr 2021
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Media Release - 1 April 2021
The community is being asked to keep an eye out for cane toads and if found, take a photo and report the location to Council after a cane toad was found at Gilchrist Reserve in Campbelltown recently.
Cane toads can cause devastating impacts to native animals and ecosystems due to their rapid spread, use of limited natural resources and ability to poison animals that try to eat them.
If residents do find what they believe is a cane toad they can report it to Council by taking a photo, recording the location and contacting Council’s Natural Areas Team or catching the animal.
Council’s team can then identify if it is a cane toad.
Anyone attempting to catch a cane toad should ensure they wear protective clothing such as disposable gloves, long sleeves and eye protection as cane toads can ooze and sometimes squirt poison from behind the head when stressed.
Cane toads can be mistaken for native and threatened frog species so residents are encouraged not to harm the animal and keep it in a well-ventilated container in a cool location with water.
A suspected cane toad can be identified by Council’s Natural Areas Team.
More information on cane toads is available at www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/biosecurity/vertebrate-pests/nia/key-new-incursions-species/new-incursions/cane-toad.
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