Cane toads spreading at 50km each year across Australia

MANUAL removal and exclusion is recognised as the most effective form of cane toad eradication.

Currently in the northern part of the nation, cane toads are expected to continue spreading.

Attempts to stop the spread of the toad have been made in Western Australia and New South Wales with funding support from the Federal Government.

While the New South Wales Government has detailed plans for people to construct their own cane toad traps, the most common control effort is to manually collect the adults.

A University of Western Australia study estimated there were more than 200 million cane toads in the nation, spreading at 50km annually.

The Australian Government Department of the Environment identify cane toads as threatening or potentially threatening the survival, abundance or evolutionary development of native species.

According to the Department of Environment cane toad policy, independent assessment of these projects has shown no evidence that the spread of the toads has been slowed in the WA-Northern Territory border region.

However it recognises the successful local eradication in the Port Macquarie region of NSW.



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