Giant carnivorous frogs still a threat to Vancouver

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      Delta councillor Vicki Huntington is concerned for the suburbs of Vancouver, CBC News has reported. She is worried that they could soon be overrun by fast-breeding carnivorous frogs.

      The Straight reported on this invasion back in June 2006. In that story, Martin Dunphy laid out what Vancouver residents face:

      This Gollum of the wetlands is a frog, but not just any frog. It is the American bullfrog, Rana catesbeiana, an introduced species that is many times larger than B.C.'s native frogs and has made itself at home in the Lower Mainland, the Fraser Valley, and southern Vancouver Island. It eats insects, fish, and other amphibians (even its own species), but it will also gobble up turtles, snakes, small mammals, and ducklings. A female can lay floating mats of up to 25,000 eggs that hatch in three to five days.

      CBC News’s March 27 report said that Huntington has tabled a motion in council that would investigate how the bullfrog population can best be studied and controlled.