Battle to keep toads out of our World Heritage parks
THE battle continues to keep cane toads out of World Heritage-listed national parks in northern NSW.
National Parks and Wild- life Service pest management officer, Lisa Wellman, said they only found low numbers of the toads during recent patrols in the Border Ranges and Nightcap national parks and parts of the Whian Whian State Conservation Area.
"This summer 62 cane toads were found in the Border Ranges, while nine were found in the Nightcap National Park/Whian Whian State Conservation Area," she said.
No cane toads were found in the Iluka and Yaegl nature reserves on the Clarence.
But Ms Wellman said cane toads had well-established populations in Ballina, Byron and Tweed areas.
She said there was still plenty of work to be done, and encouraged local residents to help manage the pests.
"After making sure it is a cane toad and not a native species, humanely and safely dispose of it. Rubber gloves should be used when handling cane toads."