TOXIC TOADS MARCH ON….

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TOXIC TOADS MARCH ON….

 user 2006-06-20 at 11:04:00 am Views: 48
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    Army plea as toxic toads march on
    Officials
    in Western Australia have called for the army to be deployed to stop an
    invasion of cane toads.The toxic amphibians have spread in plague-like
    numbers across tropical Australia since being introduced to the country
    in the 1930s.They were first brought to Australia from Hawaii to
    eradicate cane beetles, but they have had a devastating impact on
    native wildlife.There could be as many as 100 million cane toads in
    tropical Australia.
    March of the toad
    The
    toads have reached the outskirts of Darwin in the Northern
    Territory.Over the border, officials in Western Australia are watching
    very nervously.They want the army to intercept these poisonous pests as
    their advance continues.The state government has written to its federal
    counterpart in Canberra, asking for permission to use troops as a first
    line of defence.Much of Western Australia’s interior is inhospitable
    and inaccessible.In such a remote area, the resources of the military
    could be invaluable.
    Lethal venom
    Cane
    toads are big, warty creatures and have had a devastating effect on
    Australian wildlife.They carry a venom so powerful it can kill
    crocodiles, snakes and other predators in minutes.All attempts to fight
    the spread of the cane toad have so far failed.No-one is quite sure of
    the most effective way to stop them.One member of Australia’s federal
    parliament has previously suggested that people should beat them with a
    golf club or a cricket bat.Animal welfare groups have said that the
    humane way to get rid of these invaders is to put them into a freezer
    until they die.