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What and Why: The coqui frog is a small tree frog that are known for their loud, incessant and distinctive “ko-kee” vocalization from dusk until dawn. According to the Hawaii Invasive Species Council, there are no natural predators or competitors to keep their populations in check, therefore their population can explode and disrupt the balance of native ecosystems. Coqui frogs eat large quantities of insects, which can result in not only an imbalance in the ecosystem, but also decreased plant sales and lowered property values.

Our goal with the dogs is to add an olfactory tool to the detection and eradication effort, especially in reported cases of single outlier coqui frogs in otherwise non-infested areas.

Where: Our program will focus on the island of Maui where active management and eradication efforts are in place.

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