A case of homing after translocation of chuditch, Dasyurus geoffroii (Marsupialia: Dasyuridae)

  • Published source details Cannella E.G. & Henry J. (2017) A case of homing after translocation of chuditch, Dasyurus geoffroii (Marsupialia: Dasyuridae). Australian Mammalogy, 39, 118-120.


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Translocate mammals away from sites of proposed energy developments

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  1. Translocate mammals away from sites of proposed energy developments

    A study in 2016 in a forest site in Western Australia, Australia (Cannella & Henry 2017) found that following translocation away from an area being cleared for mining, at least one out of eight chuditchs Dasyurus geoffroii returned to its area of capture. Out of eight translocated chuditchs, one was recaptured, 12 days after release, close to the initial capture site. Its recapture site was 13.5 km from the release point and 1 km from the original capture location. Between first capture and recapture, the individual had lost 13% of its body weight but was otherwise in good condition. In January–March 2016, eight chuditchs were live-trapped across four 53–73-ha woodland plots about to be cleared for mining. Chuditchs were marked with PIT-tags and released in a forest area, approximately 14 km away (linear distance). No details are provided about the release procedures or about post-release monitoring.

    (Summarised by: Ricardo Rocha)

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