Kununurra prepares for cane toad muster in fight to save North West’s precious northern quoll
Kununurra residents have been invited to join in the hunt for one of the region’s most invasive pests as part of a program to help save the North West’s dwindling northern quoll population.
The fourth annual Kununurra Cane Toad Muster will run over the next fortnight, with members of the community invited to join the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions’ Parks and Wildlife Service on several three-hour night collections of the introduced species.
Humane euthanasia of all collected toads will be carried out, before meat from their legs is removed and processed into sausages.
The sausages are then laced with a nausea-inducing chemical and distributed to areas populated with the northern quoll to encourage taste aversion, preventing the native species from being poisoned by the pest.
It’s hoped last year’s record of 150kg of cane toad legs will be exceeded throughout the 2022 event.
The Kununurra Cane Toad Muster will take place on January 24-27 from 6pm each night, with a second event planned for February 5-7.
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