Kangaroo count to track huge expansion
LOW level aerial kangaroo surveys will be held across Victoria this month.
The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning will carry out the surveys to provide important information about the estimated abundance and status of Victoria’s kangaroo populations.
The results of the survey will provide a better understanding of the population distribution of Victoria’s three kangaroo species — the eastern grey kangaroo, western grey kangaroo and red kangaroo.
Communities may notice a helicopter flying at about 200ft above ground level, at a speed of 50 knots, conducting the aerial survey using distance sampling across known habitat.
A DELWP spokesperson said given the large survey area and issues affecting helicopter flight, such as wind and visibility, it was unaware what areas would be surveyed each day.
This is the first statewide kangaroo population survey for Victoria and will help DELWP ensure kangaroo management activities in Victoria are sustainable. ■ For information, phone 131 186 or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org