Tweed Shire Council invasive species officer Pamela Gray prepares for the cane toad muster.
Tweed Shire Council invasive species officer Pamela Gray prepares for the cane toad muster. Scott Powick

Cane toad muster needs you

CANE toad hunters will be on the loose in Pottsville next week.

A cane toad muster will be held at Pottsville’s Koala Beach at 7.30pm on Thursday, February 3.

Tweed Shire Council invasive species officer Pamela Gray said the muster was about humanely dealing with the cane toad problem.

“The cane toad muster entails gathering in an area where there are cane toads. There is a talk about correctly identifying cane toads and treating them humanely when they are in human care,” Ms Gray said.

“We have a safety talk and then the group disperses to find the cane toads and bring them back to a trailer where they are euthanised.

“When we euthanise the cane toads we follow the correct practice guidelines.”

Although this practice is necessary when it comes to controlling cane toads, Ms Gray reminded residents they are still animals.

“People have to keep in mind it’s not their fault they are here and we need to be kind to them,” Ms Gray said.

“Correct identification with cane toads is a real issue and people need to know what they look like so they are not confused with native frogs.”

Participants for the Pottsville cane toad muster should meet at the gazebo by the lake in Sugar Glider Drive.

A second muster will be held at Murwillumbah when participants will meet at Knox Park on Saturday, March 3 from 7pm.

Participants must wear a long-sleeved shirt, long pants, covered shoes and bring a torch.

All children must be accompanied by an adult over 18 years of age for safety reasons as the muster is held at night and close to a body of water.



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