WILDLIFE Queensland wants to know if Logan City residents have seen any spotted-tailed quolls, once common throughout our bushlands.
“This species is a native top-order carnivore, so its function within the ecosystem cannot be overstated,” said Matt Cecil, projects manager for Wildlife Queensland.
“It’s important we understand whether populations are still holding on in Logan, so measures to protect the species can be implemented.
“Wildlife Queensland wants to encourage Logan residents to join in the fun and learn more about this amazing animal once known to inhabit their local area. Importantly, we hope to hear from Logan residents who might have ‘spotted a quoll’ lately!”
Local evidence of this elusive marsupial is thin on the ground. According to Wildlife Queensland, populations of the spotted-tailed quoll are under threat due to landscape modification, cane toad poisoning, road deaths and introduced predators.
Mr Cecil said that for the past 12 years, Wildlife Queensland and the Quoll Seekers Network have been searching for the species throughout Logan and the Scenic Rim, hoping to better understand the distribution of these animals across the region.
Often, areas are surveyed in response to a sighting by a local resident who has observed an animal resembling a quoll. The most recent evidence of a population of quolls was a deceased animal by the side of a road at Greenbank in 2007.
“Wildlife Queensland would love to change this, but we require the residents of Logan to let us know if and when they spot a quoll,” he said.
The upcoming Quoll Discovery seeks to raise awareness of this endangered native carnivorous marsupial.
“The event will feature presentations from quoll experts and researchers, a demonstration by a quoll detection dog, and live wildlife displays by Geckoes Wildlife,” Mr Cecil said.
Quoll Discovery, June 10 at the Chambers Flat and Logan Reserve Community Centre. Contact Wildlife Queensland on 3844 0129 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org.