Friday, 16 September 2016

First live quoll found in WA's largest national park in 50 years - via CFZ Australia

BY Shannon Verhagen |
September 15, 2016
It’s the first sighting from traditional owners since the 1960s and the first European record of the species in the area.

FOR THE FIRST time in over 50 years, a northern quoll has been captured in Karlamilyi – Western Australia’s largest and most remote national park.

The historic find comes after a joint survey effort between Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa (KJ) Punmu and Parnngurr ranger teams and Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPAW) scientists earlier this month.

Located in the Pilbara, in the heart of Martu country, the park was once home to quolls – called wiminyji by the traditional owners – however they had not been seen since traditional life was disrupted around 50 years ago.

“They recall seeing wiminyji throughout the Karlamilyi region when they were living a traditional life in the area, which was as recent as the early 1960s,” said Gareth Catt, fire management officer for KJ.

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