Sessional Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development Written Submissions Received Volume 2 Issues associated with the progressive entry into the Northern Territory of Cane Toads October 2003
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Written Submissions Parks & Wildlife Commission NT Volume 2 Cane Toad Inquiry Report 11 at the kids we might have a sort of mini police force there. Madam CHAIR: Like the junior rangers over there. Dr LAWSON: Yeah the junior rangers have been very much urban based to date but theres absolutely no reason why they couldnt be expanded out there. I think that we put the signage out on boat ramps and you know the freight companies have been very helpful to date in taking the signage and speaking to their captains and saying please do this but theres a limit to what they can do and I actually agree with John, I think in some of those large islands, its almost inevitable that youre going to get cane toads on those islands. Thats not to say we shouldnt try of course and Mr BONSON: What about TV advertisements and things like that, radio etc you know lifting the profiles, I just noticed in this pamphlet here, Cane Toads, a Few Facts and were talking about you know weve had evidence that when the cane toads are coming, they come in these large numbers and they swarm and they have an effect on the area and theyre still, what were hearing from John today, theres scientific evidence up about whether or not they fight back, you know, native animals or whether or not they stay at a low number or they disappear or whatever, you know thats still up in the air I understand. And Ill just read this one paragraph here, its got: While the arrival of cane toads is not expected to affect wild life greatly and then it goes on blah, blah, blah, so this is you know something that was produced and here we are saying to them, well its not going to affect your wildlife but all the evidence were hearing is at least at the very minimum, when they first hit your area, theyre going to wipe out nearly everything and were hoping you know the evidence is still out there, whether or not theyre going to fight back. So, you know I dont want to seek your comment on this I suppose but does there need to be an upgrade in all these pamphlets, in the radio stuff and Dr LAWSON: Absolutely, the pamphlet that we put out for instance was a pamphlet that was designed to tell people that cane toads were coming. I think theres a need, thats that one probably, theres a need now to tell people what to do when they actually find them in their own back yards, for instance one of the social effects is going to be, as the wave hits Darwin and the rural areas, theres going to be, I predict this, that theres going to be a pretty high wave of phone calls, letters etc with peoples domestic dogs getting affected. If a dog mauls a cane toad depending on the dog, he can die within 15 minutes. Theres going to be a lot of people out there that are very upset that their pets are foaming at the mouth and they die before they can get them to vets. So, yes weve thought about upgrading that and weve also thought about contacting the vets to say, look, surely we should be more preemptive now and actually have a set of posters maybe about what you can do for your domestic
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