Calls for help to save the threatened Spotted-tailed Quoll
July 19 2004
The Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) is looking to the community to help map the range and distribution of Spotted-tailed Quoll, otherwise known as a Tiger Quoll, which is threatened in NSW.
The State’s population of this feisty, cat sized, marsupial carnivore, has been in decline for sometime due in part to the clearing of its forest and woodland habitats as well as competition from the fox and cat.
DEC spokesperson, Catherine Price, said that the department wants to gather more information about the species to assist with the drafting of a state-wide recovery plan to help reverse a further decline in the species.
“The Quoll is a nocturnal animal and so few people are ever lucky enough to see them in the wild but in certain parts of the State they are encountered more often particularly during winter when the males are know to travel long distances in search of mates,” Ms Price said.
“More often than not an encounter with a quoll will be a great surprise when it turns up in a backyard chicken coop as they have a very decided taste for chicken. In the past this has often led to their demise.
“The Spotted-tailed Quoll is quite a distinctive animal, russet or rust coloured with large white spots across the body and tail.
“It is an aggressive hunter which preys on small animals up to the size of a brush-tailed possum, which is no mean feat when you consider how able these possums are at defending themselves.
“To gain a better understanding of where the species lives across the State the DEC is asking the public to report sightings.
“Mapping their distribution will help in the preparation of a recovery plan. We have already lost its close cousin the Eastern Quoll on mainland Australia. It would be a great shame to see the Spotted-tailed quoll also disappear.
If you have spotted a Spotted-tailed Quoll, please contact Catherine Price, DEC Spotted-tailed Quoll recovery coordinator, on ph: (02) 9585 6602 or fax (02) 9585 6544 or email: email@example.com or post to DEC, PO Box 1967, Hurstville, NSW 2220. Details needed include the date (approximate date is fine – even just the year of sighting) and the location of the sighting. Historical and anecdotal records are also of interest and useful in determining the early distribution patterns of the species.