Feral hitchhiker hops into Hedland

28 Aug, 2012 01:23 PM

MOST hitchhikers would agree that it can sometimes be difficult catching a ride for long distances but one cane toad had no troubles travelling at least 1600 kilometres.

A South Hedland resident came across the toad at her home on Sunday night.

While the pests have established themselves near Kununurra after the animals crossed into Western Australian three years ago, South Hedland is quite a distance from any known established cane toad population.

The Department of Environment and Conservation is reminding communities in the Pilbara to remain vigilant following the discovery.

DEC state cane toad initiative program co-ordinator Corrin Everitt said while it had not been determined how the animal arrived in the Pilbara it was possible that it may have been inadvertently transported in freight from a toad infested area such as the Kimberley or interstate.

"It's important people remain vigilant as toads are not always easily found because they are very good at hiding in small spaces, which is why it's particularly important for people to do thorough checks of their vehicle and camping equipment if they are coming from areas where cane toads are present," she said.

Ms Everitt praised the South Hedland homeowner for acting quickly and contacting the DEC.

Local wildlife officers will this week inspect the area for any other possible toads.

Anyone who finds a suspected cane toad should isolate the animal and report the sighting to the DEC cane toad hotline immediately on 1800 44 9453.



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