Wildlife ID no scatty mat­ter

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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.

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