Authorities shocked as cane toad found near Mt Kosciuszko

UNWELCOME FIND: The dead cane toad discovered in the region.

UNWELCOME FIND: The dead cane toad discovered in the region.

THEY’RE slimy, grotesque and feral – and that’s just the State of Origin team that bears their name.

Authorities have been left stunned by the discovery of a cane toad near Mt Kosciuszko, more than 1200km from the NSW/Queensland border.

The National Parks and Wildlife Service has issued an urgent reminder to visitors to be aware of accidentally  trafficking in exotic pests. The dead cane toad was found by staff in Charlotte’s Pass, right near one of the most popular viewing platforms of Mt Kosciuszko.

“The cane toad was found by the side of the road, intact but had obviously been dead for a few days,” NPWS’s Dave Woods said.

“It’s not known whether the cane toad died in transit or had escaped from a vehicle before dying in the area, but it’s still a cause for concern.”

Cane toads, which were introduced to Queensland in the 1930s to control sugar cane pests, have rarely been seen in southern NSW.

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