Cane Toads spreading!

To: "'Janice England'" <>, Tim Murphy <>
Subject: Cane Toads spreading!
From: "Whittaker, Mark" <>
Date: Sun, 24 Oct 2004 21:09:35 +1000
G'day all
In 1999, I made a few inquiries about the southern front of the toads and
the southern-most breeding population was in  a little lake/pond in the Lake
Cathie area just south of Port macquarie on the NSW mid north coast. This,
however, was a transplanted population. The vanguard of the main invasion
force was then 200km to the north at Yuraygir National Park, 30k south of
Yamba, and 30k due east of Grafton. they were not expected to go as far
inland as grafton because it got that much colder there, but the fact they
are breeding at Lake Cathie, 200km to the south, suggests they've got a way
to go yet.
Mark Whittaker

-----Original Message-----
From: Janice England 
Sent: Friday, 22 October 2004 8:58
To: Tim Murphy
Cc: birding-aus
Subject: Cane Toads spreading!

Hi Tim and All,

Around 1994?, the Brisbane City Council conducted Toad Buster nights
throughout Brisbane where people got together in groups and caught toads by
putting their hand inside a plastic shopping bag and then inverting it after
they had grabbed  the toad. They were then put in the freezer or the Council
collected them.  I think the program run for about 2 years.

Since then, there have been a lot less toads in Brisbane.  Maybe it worked
or was it just coincidence?


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