Endangered Spotted-tailed Quoll sighted in Great Otway National Park
Thursday 7 August, 2014
An endangered Spotted-tailed Quoll has been sighted in the Great Otway National Park for the first time in 24 years. Related to the Tasmanian Devil, and colloquially known as the ‘Tiger Quoll’, the animal was caught on a remote camera set up as part of an ongoing program by Parks Victoria scientists and rangers to monitor the park’s rich native mammal population. This follows the recent discovery of a hair sample.
The exciting find is an encouraging sign that fox control programs in the park are helping to protect native species.
The Great Otway National Park is one of the few Victorian landscapes home to nearly all the mammals that would have been present at the time of European settlement. Other animals captured on camera during the monitoring program include threatened Southern Brown Bandicoots and Long Nosed Potoroos.
Forty remote cameras were first set up in 2009 in two locations within the Great Otway National Park; one with a fox baiting program in place and one without.
Preliminary observations show that the fox baiting has had a marked and positive effect on helping to protect the native mammal populations within the Great Otway National Park.
Parks Victoria will be working with staff from the Australian Mathematical Sciences to fully analyse the data collected over the past six years.
Spotted-tailed Quolls are listed as Endangered under the Federal Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act.
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