Elu­sive quoll caught on desert cam­era

North West Telegraph - - NEWS - Robert Dougherty

A far-flung threat­ened north­ern quoll has caught the eye of rangers af­ter be­ing sighted more than 150km from the last recorded cap­ture in Kar­lam­i­lyi Na­tional Park.

A sin­gle quoll was cap­tured ac­ci­den­tally on re­mote cam­era at Durba Hills in the west­ern desert, when Kanyirn­inpa Jukur­rpa Martu in­dige­nous rangers and Parks and Wildlife Ser­vice staff were un­der­tak­ing feral an­i­mal mon­i­tor­ing.

Pil­bara re­gional con­ser­va­tion of­fi­cer Ali­cia Whit­ting­ton said Durba Hills was an im­por­tant site for threat­ened species in the west­ern desert.

“This is the first time that a north­ern quoll has been de­tected on the re­mote cam­eras, which have been in place since 2013,” she said.

“Although we al­ways thought the habi­tat was suit­able for north­ern quolls, it is more than 150km from the last recorded cap­ture 50 years ago in Kar­lam­i­lyi Na­tional Park.

The Depart­ment of Bio­di­ver­sity, Con­ser­va­tion and At­trac­tions was also us­ing the re­mote cam­era-based mon­i­tor­ing sys­tem for the black­flanked rock wal­laby, which was rein­tro­duced at Durba Hills in 2013.

Pic­ture: DBCA

A north­ern quoll cap­tured on re­mote cam­era.

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