Coqui plan tabled until January

The County Council yesterday delayed a decision on coqui frog eradication until early January.

The county’s $290,000 plan to wipe to what is believed to be Kaua‘i’s only colony of coquis, on a 15-acre parcel of land near Lawa‘i, has drawn both strong support and fierce criticism.

The council expressed concerns about the use of hydrated lime, an ingredient in some fertilizers that is lethal in large doses, to kill the frogs. Critics of eradication say poisoning the frogs — a non-native species that chirp loudly at night — is cruel, and more should be learned about the effects of hydrated lime on native plant and animal species.

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