Spring baiting and trapping in West Cape Howe National Park (WCHNP) commences in September for 2 weeks. It is part of TCG’s 3 year funding to address the status of the Western Ring Tail Possum.
In May 2019, Spring baiting and trapping in the park was conducted by Animal Pest Management with support from DBCA. This Spring, the 2nd round of baiting and trapping will commence. This will continue until 2021.
In 2018, TCG ran 2 small projects, one aimed at learning more about the critically endangered WRP and the other focussing on feral animal control. Through the works we undertook, we now understand that: our catchment is extremely important for the possum in terms of climate, habitat and location; and that feral predators, mainly the fox is in very high numbers in our catchment and where no feral animal control is occurring possum numbers are low.
WCHNP is considered to be important for the western ringtail possum. It has a number of unique characteristics; dense and productive peppermint habitat, and known populations of the western ringtail possum with potential to provide recruits to adjacent areas. Consequently, these populations may form a critical resource for survival of the species.
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