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Patria    Posted 01-20-2005 at 08:33:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
Got this in my inbox.

Shrieking Frogs Unnerve Hawaiian Island

Thu Jan 20, 7:06 AM ET Science - AP

By B.J. REYES, Associated Press Writer

HONOLULU - A tiny frog with a huge shriek has invaded the Big Island and won't shut up. Big Island Mayor Harry Kim is looking for $2 million to begin controlling the spread of the nocturnal coqui frog, a beloved native in Puerto Rico but considered an annoying pest in Hawaii since hitching a ride over in shipments of tropical plants around 1990.

The frogs have been mating easily — and shattering quiet island nights — ever since.

Aside from the noise, the frogs have a voracious appetite for spiders and insects, competing with native birds and fauna. And coqui frogs are adaptable to many ecosystems and breed heavily in Hawaii, experts said.

Kim said the Big Island, the local name for the island of Hawaii, will once again ask Gov. Linda Lingle to declare the coqui frog infestation a state emergency to help clear the way for state financial assistance. The $2 million is needed to launch a combined state, federal and county program to combat the frogs, Kim said. He made his plea Tuesday before state lawmakers, who will consider the request later this year.

Kim said he declared a county emergency in April over the frogs, but the state waited to see if the federal government would offer assistance, which it did not.

Spraying of a citric acid solution on the islands of Oahu and Kauai have curtailed coqui populations there, but limited spraying on Kim's island has done little.

"I think the response from all of us has not been timely enough," he said, noting that experts suggest he focus on controlling the coqui's spread, rather than eradicating it completely.

"I kick myself in the back every day for not getting started more aggressively," Kim said.

More than 150 communities on the Big Island are now infested with the coin-sized frogs, named after their high-decibel "ko-KEE, ko-KEE" chirp.


Bkeepr    Posted 01-20-2005 at 10:02:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
One of the things my son brought back from his trip to Puerto Rico was a cute stuffed toy animal in the shape of one of those frogs...when you squeeze it, it makes their noise. It is awfully cute, although I could see the problem if there's a gazzillion of them.

Patria    Posted 01-20-2005 at 12:37:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
Actually I'm a little amaze by this news, and the reason is that for many many years we were led to believe that the coqui could not survive anywhere else in the world. Scientists from different parts of the world visit us to take the coqui with them to their countries hope to succeed in reproducing them.

We love to hear it singing, for it's not an annoying sound, it kind of goes on and off, at intervals. And it's not a plague here.

If you googled 'puerto rican coqui', the info and stories about it are all cute, sweet. We adopt it long ago as our mascot.

Oh well..if I knew..or even sensed that a bigger and meaner animal than me were off in a campaign to cut my head I would get annoyingly too. LOL

With this, I'm not saying either that they are not right to do whatever is better for them there in Hawaii.

bob ny    Posted 01-20-2005 at 09:48:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
what they need is one winter there and the frogs will go south

Patria    Posted 01-20-2005 at 12:03:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
Did you read the part where the mayor says
-"I kick myself in the back every day for not getting started more aggressively".? Poor thing!

Ron/PA    Posted 01-20-2005 at 09:14:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
Are they really that loud? Makes a good cover for the sound of my still poppin off!!LOL
Ron, who will trade his snow for some spider eatin frogs any day.

Gerrit    Posted 01-20-2005 at 11:50:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
Here's the sound:

Patria    Posted 01-20-2005 at 13:32:56       [Reply]  [No Email]

Patria    Posted 01-20-2005 at 10:34:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
No, they're not anoying like the cicada is. It's like a bird's chirping. I'm going to check online for a Coqui sound. But first gotta run back to the 'colmado', the shop; left the chicken for todays supper on the counter. Great!

Gunner    Posted 01-20-2005 at 09:46:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ya might rethink that trade if you've ever heard them - a million or so sounding off at night only, of course, will keep you up

Patria    Posted 01-20-2005 at 12:52:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
I guess you're right...but we don't have that many of them. Or perhaps we are used to them.

We do have an insect similar to the cicada...those are loud!

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