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Chuditch found in Bateman

Mysterious discovery - chuditch found in suburban Perth

Have you seen a chuditch in the Bateman area? The Department of Parks and Wildlife is seeking public assistance following the discovery of a dead chuditch, or western quoll, on a footpath outside Bateman Primary School in the City of Melville. Chuditch are carnivorous marsupials found in the Perth Hills and the south-west, including the Swan Coastal Plain, but populations are not known to live in built-up parts of the metropolitan area. Parks and Wildlife’s animal science program leader Keith Morris said the dead chuditch was reported to the department on Thursday 9 June by a keen-eyed member of the public, Frances D’Souza, who recognised it as an uncommon native species. “This kind of discovery is exciting for us because it raises questions about how…

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Biodiversity survey to inform Pilbara’s future

Biodiversity survey to inform Pilbara’s future

The largest and most complex regional biodiversity survey undertaken in Western Australia will underpin and guide future conservation decisions in the Pilbara region. Teams of scientists from the Department of Parks and Wildlife, the Western Australian Museum and several Australian Universities and herbaria sampled mammals, birds, reptiles, frogs, terrestrial and aquatic invertebrates, subterranean water body invertebrates, terrestrial and riparian flora and aquatic flora at 422 terrestrial, 98 wetland and 508 stygofauna sites. Dr van Leeuwen said the results of the survey would provide a clear understanding of biodiversity in the region, providing an informative tool to underpin future conservation, land use and natural resource management decisions.  “Through these publications, the community will be better informed on the substantial biodiversity values of the Pilbara and the…

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Learning more about endangered northern quolls in the Pilbara

Learning more about endangered northern quolls in the Pilbara

A workshop to be hosted tomorrow by the Department of Parks and Wildlife will examine the progress of previously-developed research priorities for the endangered northern quoll in the Pilbara region. Assistant Director of Science Dr Stephen van Leeuwen said the workshop would review and, if necessary, update the Pilbara Northern Quoll Research Plan developed in 2013. “This meeting will build on two previous workshops and focus on what we have learnt over the previous three years and in what direction this research will now head,” Dr van Leeuwen said. The northern quoll (Dasyurus hallucatus) is a predatory marsupial once distributed widely across northern Australia. Male northern quolls invest so much into a frenetic, competitive breeding season that they undergo immune system collapse, and almost all…

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New partnership for Land for Wildlife conservation program

New partnership for Land for Wildlife conservation program

The Department of Parks and Wildlife’s Land for Wildlife conservation program is partnering with NRM WA to help participants manage their bushland for wildlife habitat. Land for Wildlife is a voluntary scheme to encourage and assist private landholders to provide habitat for wildlife in bushland on their property. There are currently 1941 registered landholders, with a total of 286,614 hectares of bushland being managed as wildlife habitat through the program. Parks and Wildlife Director General Jim Sharp said the collaboration with NRM WA regional organisations would benefit private land managers and the State’s biodiversity conservation. “This agreement and partnership arrangements with the NRM organisations is an exciting development for private land conservation in Western Australia,” Mr Sharp said. “Parks and Wildlife has run Land for…

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Crocodile trapped at Wyndham

Crocodile trapped at Wyndham

The Department of Parks and Wildlife has trapped and removed a saltwater crocodile from the Wyndham boat ramp area today. Parks and Wildlife East Kimberley district manager Luke Bentley said the 3.8m crocodile was being transferred to the Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park in Broome. “This animal was reported to the department last month and its increasingly confident behaviour was becoming a concern,” Mr Bentley said. “It was trailing boats, climbing onto the back of boats and also onto the floating pontoon jetty.” Mr Bentley said department staff, along with the Balanggarra rangers, installed a trap at the boat ramp several weeks ago. “We were advised the croc was caught in the trap on the weekend and after waiting a few days to allow any food…

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