Topics:  cane toads, invasive species, web world

Website to track pesky cane toads

The website ToadScan allows people to map sightings of cane toads, so they can be tracked and controlled.
The website ToadScan allows people to map sightings of cane toads, so they can be tracked and controlled.

TECHNOLOGY could be the key to stopping the march of cane toads across Australia according to the organiser of a website known as ToadScan.

ToadScan is part of a larger imitative known as FeralScan, which was created to map populations of feral animals across Australia.

Project co-ordinator Peter West said the ToadScan website has just been launched and it will help track and control cane toad damage on the North Coast.

"I would expect that ToadScan would get a lot of interest from the Lismore community," he said.

"Cane toads are a big threat to our native wildlife and our pets so I hope people get behind it to map sightings of cane toads and work out areas where we can undertake control measures."

While many believe the invasion of cane toads across Australia is inevitable, Mr West said their advance can be stopped if local government, land-holders, community groups work together.

"There is plenty of evidence showing that dedicated community and government local control activity can reduce cane toad numbers significantly. There are also instances where you can eradicate cane toads from a localised area, as was recently proven with a small infestation in Port Macquarie."

There have been 143 cane toad sightings reported on the website so far and Mr West is hopeful hundreds more will added in the coming months.

"Information is power in so many respects and we can use this information to decide where, when and how to allocate our resources."

 

ARE CANE TOADS A PROBLEM IN YOUR AREA? SMS 0428 264 948, email opinions@northernstar.com.au or go to www.northernstar.com.au



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