Coqui frogs take over parts of Big Island

Published On: Nov 25 2013 01:44:47 PM HST

HILO, Hawaii -

Coqui frogs have taken over certain areas of the Big Island since they were accidentally introduced more than two decades ago.

The state Department of Agriculture's plant quarantine branch isn't even battling the frogs anymore.  Clayton Nagata told the Hawaii Tribune-Herald the problem is too widespread.

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources says officials haven't given up controlling the invasive frogs.  But department spokeswoman Deborah Ward says officials have given up trying to eradicate them.

Community members, volunteers and members of the Big Island Invasive Species Committee work to control the spread of coqui frogs from the East side of the island to the West side.

They also spray the frogs with citric acid and capture them by hand to control their presence in certain neighborhoods.


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