Florida man on a mission to kill invasive toads (includes video story)

A Naples man is on a mission to protect residents and pets in his community.

Lee Smith said this all started when he and his wife Denise went to bed one night and couldn’t sleep because of loud noises outside their home.

The sound was made was by cane toads, an invasive species native to South America. The Florida Wildlife Conservation & Commission encourages people to kill them but humanely.

“I thought I’m just going to go out there and see if I can catch them,” said Smith.
His hobby continues to grow.

Two years ago, he caught about 700 cane toads, and last year he captured more than a thousand.

Bryan Lopez is Broadcast Media and Journalism senior at Florida International University. He has two jobs, one being an intern at CBS News Miami as a digital media producer. Some of his passions are sports and writing, and his goal is to become a sports reporter for a South Florida news station.