September 16 2006
Toad found in Kimberley
but dingos on the case
Friends of Kimberley Toad Busters
The discovery of a live cane toad in Kununurra on Friday has increased the urgency for the State and Federal government to increase awareness of the cane toad threat.
The toad was found by a local who took it to vet and volunteer Kimberley Toad Buster, Sarah Brett for positive identification.
Sarah euthanased the cane toad with a lethal injection and will use it to train two dingo pups brought to the east Kimberley town during the week by Perth trainer Sarah Fyffe who will be implementing the training.
The two dingoes, Buffy “the toad slayer” is four months old, and “Kimba,” two months, will spend up to six weeks with the Kimberley Toad Busters who will use the dogs to sniff out dry season incursions during the day when cane toads are harder to find.
The DEC have also acquired a sniffer dog this week – a short haired Belgium shepherd, Nifty, who has been pre-trained by the international dog training specialists in Queensland, Multi-National Canine.
“We’ll have Nifty on a three month trial,” Errol says. “Well take her out in the field to identify toad habitats undetectable during the day and she will also be used to go over previously “busted” areas to ensure there are no toads remaining.”