The Western Australian town of Kununurra has been building its defences against the march of the cane toad for a year now but D-Day arrived at the weekend when a large female toad, carrying up to 30,000 eggs, was found on the outskirts of town.
Scientists warn that the toads will cause mass mortality of native animals in the Kimberleys.
Cane toads crossed the Northern Territory border just one year ago but Kununurra locals have been ready and waiting.
John Cugly from the Kimberley Toad Busters group in Kununurra says nine explorer toads were spotted in January.
“A few were squashed on the road 20 kilometres outside of town,” he said.
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