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Security fencing used in Australia's fight against the cane toad

Security fencing used in Australia's fight against the cane toad
Security fencing has been deployed to keep out a poisonous, toxic cane toad that is in danger of overpopulating a tourist spot in Australia.

According to news agency AFP, security fencing stretching some 1.25 miles will be put up at Emma Gorge, in the popular Kimberley region in Perth, following hundreds of thousands of the creatures getting into the area.

Kim Hands, of the Stop the Toad Foundation, said the toads were threatening native species. The creatures secrete a toxin that can kill wildlife.

"Experience in the past has been that it has been really efficient," she said of the fence.

A recent study by the University of Melbourne showed that the toad needs standing water to survive.

Thus the report recommended installing small-scale security fencing around man-made water sources, like ditches and troughs, so that the toad dies of dehydration.

The cane toad was introduced to Australia and parts of the Caribbean in order to control rats and beetles that were eating up sugar cane.ADNFCR-3337-ID-800465681-ADNFCR

Date: 16/03/2011 17:50:12

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