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Occupancy of spoil dumps by the Mountain Pygmy-possum Burramys parvus in Kosciuszko National Park

Authors

  • Martin Schulz,

    1. Martin Schulz is an Independent Zoologist (34 Wilford St. Corrimal, NSW 2518, Australia; Email: antarcticmartin@gmail.com). Gabriel Wilks is Environmental Officer in the Assets, Roads and Rehabilitation Unit within the Office of Environment and Heritage (PO Box 472, Tumut, NSW 2720, Australia; Email: gabriel.wilks@environment.nsw.gov.au). Linda Broome is a Senior Threatened Species Officer with the Office of Environment and Heritage (PO Box 733, Queanbeyan, NSW 2620, Australia; Email: linda.broome@environment.nsw.gov.au). This research was part of an investigation into the faunal significance of major disturbance sites resulting from the Snowy Mountains Hydro Scheme in the 1950s within Kosciuszko National Park that have been proposed for rehabilitation works.
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  • Gabriel Wilks,

    1. Martin Schulz is an Independent Zoologist (34 Wilford St. Corrimal, NSW 2518, Australia; Email: antarcticmartin@gmail.com). Gabriel Wilks is Environmental Officer in the Assets, Roads and Rehabilitation Unit within the Office of Environment and Heritage (PO Box 472, Tumut, NSW 2720, Australia; Email: gabriel.wilks@environment.nsw.gov.au). Linda Broome is a Senior Threatened Species Officer with the Office of Environment and Heritage (PO Box 733, Queanbeyan, NSW 2620, Australia; Email: linda.broome@environment.nsw.gov.au). This research was part of an investigation into the faunal significance of major disturbance sites resulting from the Snowy Mountains Hydro Scheme in the 1950s within Kosciuszko National Park that have been proposed for rehabilitation works.
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  • Linda Broome

    1. Martin Schulz is an Independent Zoologist (34 Wilford St. Corrimal, NSW 2518, Australia; Email: antarcticmartin@gmail.com). Gabriel Wilks is Environmental Officer in the Assets, Roads and Rehabilitation Unit within the Office of Environment and Heritage (PO Box 472, Tumut, NSW 2720, Australia; Email: gabriel.wilks@environment.nsw.gov.au). Linda Broome is a Senior Threatened Species Officer with the Office of Environment and Heritage (PO Box 733, Queanbeyan, NSW 2620, Australia; Email: linda.broome@environment.nsw.gov.au). This research was part of an investigation into the faunal significance of major disturbance sites resulting from the Snowy Mountains Hydro Scheme in the 1950s within Kosciuszko National Park that have been proposed for rehabilitation works.
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Abstract

Summary  The Mountain Pygmy-possum Burramys parvus has been listed as an endangered species across its range in the alpine and subalpine areas of New South Wales and Victoria. This study reports on the occurrence of the species in an artificial habitat, spoil dumps that were created in the 1950s as a result of the construction of underground tunnels associated with the Snowy Hydro-electric Scheme. Thirty-four B. parvus were captured in 1065 trapnights on spoil dumps in Happy Jacks Creek valley, in northern Kosciuszko National Park in October and November 2011. In January 2012, 22 individuals were captured in 360 trapnights on a spoil dump at Guthega Adit Camp in southern Kosciuszko National Park. Seven radio-collared individuals tracked in Happy Jacks Creek valley resulted in the location of 5 day shelters in spoil dump habitat, including individuals that were originally trapped in nearby natural habitat. This study indicates that there may be opportunity to create further artificial habitat on sites not currently used by this highly restricted species.

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