Frog found in newly-bought tree on Kauai

Published On: Nov 27 2012 11:48:47 AM HST

Kauai Invasive Species Committee

Pacific Chorus Frog arrives on Kauai via Christmas tree

LIHUE, Hawaii -

On Tuesday, residents of Wailua Houselots got a surprise when they brought their newly purchased tree from Walmart into their home.

A Pacific chorus frog jumped out of their tree and into their living room, according to the Kauai Invasive Species Committee.

The couple knew that they had not seen this type of frog before, so they captured it and called the Kauai Invasive Species Committee to see what to do with it.

The frog was picked up, identified, and reported to the Hawaii Department of Agriculture in Honolulu.

"We want the public to be on the lookout for these types of creatures," said Keren Gunderen, KISC Project Manager.  "HDOA is doing everything humanly possible to
inspect these trees, but it is a huge task and things are bound to slip through."

Some of the pests that are being intercepted are not found in Hawaii and could have devastating ecological consequences.

"We are really encouraging people to buy locally to avoid importation of unwanted invasive species," Gundersen added.  KISC is urging the Kauai community to report any unusual pest that may have hitched a ride to Hawaii from the Pacific Northwest on Christmas trees.  Reports can be made to 821?1490.

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