There have been several news reports the last few days about Pacific chorus frogs hitchhiking from Washington state to Alaska, including this AP dispatch. Officials in the Land of the Midnight Sun are worried that the frogs, not native to Alaska, could spread disease to native frogs. Reports indicate the offending trees (just two so far) are from Washington state. Some are blaming the fact that Alaska doesn’t require that imported Christmas trees be shaken, either before shipment or after arrival. Alaskans who find the frogs are being encouraged to euthanize them, either with a dab of Orajel to the forehead, or by sticking them in a jar and placing them outside.
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Curt Kipp is the director of publications and communications at the Oregon Association of Nurseries, and the editor of Digger magazine.