Wildlife ID no scatty matter
MOST landholders – large or small, lifestyle or commercial – have an interest in knowing what wildlife lives on or visits their property.
One method of accurate identification without even actually seeing the animal is done by scats and tracks.
Scats are droppings and tracks are the pattern made by an animal with its feet as it moves along.
Queensland Murray Darling Basin Committee pest and weeds officer Tom Garrett told a meeting organised by Noosa Landcare the use of specialised detector dogs gave another source of information that could confirm sightings.
The dogs are used for a wide range of detecting with koalas and turtles, also the prevalence in an area of pest species, numbers, dens and even individuals, as well as finding particular chemicals in the soil.
The best way to ID from tracks and scats is to become familiar with what you see and use one of the identification books available.
Tracks for kangaroos and relatives vary depending on speed of travel, while some species drag their tail.
It is interesting and can give a valuable insight into what happens during the night.