As a result, 102 canetoads were collected from Hawaii, equally comprising males and females, and brought to Australia.
Recently, the toads have made their way into Western Australia and one has even been found on the far western coast in Broome.
Canetoads have rapidly multiplied in population and now number over 200 million and have been known to spread diseases affecting local biodiversity.
However, the canetoads were generally unsuccessful in reducing the targeted beetles, in part because the cane fields provided insufficient shelter for the predators during the day.
In Australian states where the canetoads are common, some 'sports' have developed, such as canetoad golf, and canetoad cricket, where canetoads are used as balls.