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Manoa residents sleeping sound after Coqui frog is captured

Coqui Frog Coqui Frog
Laka Preis-Carpenter Laka Preis-Carpenter
Keevin Minami Keevin Minami

By Holly Juscen – bio | email 

MANOA (HawaiiNewNow) - A Coqui frog that had been pestering Manoa residents has finally been caught by state agriculture officials. After several failed attempts, the amphibian was captured last Wednesday outside the home of a resident on Melemele Place, "finally they got him, it only took them about 10 minutes. I came out and saw him in the tube and I was like yeah," said Laka Preis-Carpenter.

Preis-Carpenter says there had been a lot of sleepless nights before the capture. The Coqui frog had been on his property on Melemele Place for weeks. Agriculture officials say pinning down the frog was not an easy task, Keevin Minami of the Department of Agriculture says, "first we had to locate him and he'd whistle. Then you have to time it correctly, if it crosses over his call, he'll stop calling. "

Coqui frogs are no bigger than the size of a quarter, but they pack a mean punch. They are known for their piercing, loud shrieks. Residents on the big island know that sound well. There there is a huge population of frogs on the island, especially in Hilo. Officials do believe the Coqui frog in Manoa was the only one, and they are doing what they can to keep them from spreading on Oahu.

"There was a population in Waimanalo that we sprayed and tried to control, but we still have to go back and make sure that we done it," says Minami. State agriculture officials say they will continue to investigate how this single Coqui frog got up into the hills of Manoa.

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