WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - Officials in Maui are investing heavily in resources and work crews to remove an invasive frog species from the Maliko Gulch area.
The Maui News reports that the Maui Invasive Species Committee says it is tripling to quadrupling the resources devoted to fighting coqui frogs over the next five years.
Committee officials say the tiny screeching frogs will continue to multiply if not dealt with soon, possibly reaching the uncontrollable population levels seen on the Big Island. Workers have tried to constrain the frogs to the gulch but they continue to appear in areas around the island.
Maui County allotted $1.2 million to eradication efforts this year and recently received 100,000 pounds of citric acid to fight coqui frogs.