Spraying the Jungle

Neighbors take to the jungle to battle a frog. War is waged on the Coqui frog because its numbers are exploding--and it has no predators. <br />
The Coqui--much revered in its native Puerto Rico--was first imported on plant material. The Coqui is as large as a quarter and has a chirpy little call that is the decibel level of a lawnmower. <br />
Lawsuits now force homeowners to disclose the fact they have frogs because Hawaiians are <br />
so upset by the noise. The community of Pahoa, south of Hilo and near Lava Tree State Park, <br />
bought a 10,000 gallon sprayer and is coating the jungle in their backyards with hydrated lime, which they hope will curb the numbers. Dr Arnold Hara from the Univ of Hawaii, helped them apply for funding. <br />
Eleutherdactylus coqui. Its ability to quickly adapt to Hawaii from its native Puerto Rico and reach unprecedented numbers, the absence of predators, and its noisy mating behavior have <br />
made the coqui frog the target of government and community eradication and controlefforts.

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