July 22, 2016 Latest News No Comments
Spotted Tail Quoll image

Wildlife Queensland and the Quoll Seekers Network wish to thank Logan City Council for its support in searching for spotted-tailed quoll in the Logan region. – Photo © Amanda Ainley

The Quoll Seekers Network (QSN) can continue the search for spotted-tailed quoll in the Logan region thanks to funding provided through the Logan City Council EnviroGrants program, for which Wildlife Queensland and the Quoll Seekers Network would like to express their sincere thanks.

The funding will allow QSN to continue following up public sightings of this secretive vulnerable species in an effort to gather evidence of its survival and persistence in Logan. Sadly, the last hard evidence of the species inhabiting the region was a deceased juvenile male quoll found on Johnson Road at Forest Lake in 2007.

For the past 10 years QSN has worked with the Logan community, following up on public sightings of an unusual spotted animal crossing the road in the evening, or something small and spotty on someone’s property. Once the sighting is reported, the QSN visit the area and, with permission from landholders, put wildlife detection cameras in place to snap a picture of the mystery animal.

QSN’s efforts in Logan have racked up some staggering figures: 53,718 hours of camera monitoring taking a total of 205,395 images. Unfortunately to date, there has not been a quoll caught on camera but plenty of guilty looking pet dogs have been photographed along with over 48 species of other pest, domestic and native animals.

To improve chances of finding a quoll in Logan, the EnviroGrant funding received from Logan City Council will enable QSN to make use of wildlife detection dogs. The use of scent detection dogs trained to sniff-out spotted-tailed quoll droppings is a key aspect of the project and may be the missing element in our so-far-unsuccessful search for the species. Through extensive training, the dogs are able to locate quoll droppings, the kind of hard evidence sorely needed for confirmation of the species’ persistence in the region. QSN plans to survey a selection of the most credible sightings reports with the scent detection dogs to provide a real-time indication of whether quoll have, or, as importantly, have not been in the area.

Importantly, QSN needs to hear about sightings of spotted-tailed quoll in Logan. If you’ve heard of a sighting or have sighted a quoll yourself, please report the details via the Quoll Seekers Network sightings form or through the Wildlife Queensland website.

Written by wildlife1ict