In 2014 TLC commenced a carnivorous mammal monitoring program across the 11,000 ha Five Rivers Reserve using camera traps. This program will now track the relative abundance of mammals on our reserve long-term and help inform a feral cat management program.
In 2014 the TLC commenced a Carnivorous Mammal Monitoring Program across its 11,000 ha Five Rivers Reserve using camera traps. From 46 sites we identified 15 mammal species from 4,375 fauna images over 1,669 trap nights.
Tasmanian devils were detected at 35 sites with 41 individual animals identified, some with facial tumor disease. Eastern quoll were captured at 13 sites and spotted-tailed quoll at two sites, signifying the comparative lower density of these two species. Feral cats were recorded at 14 sites from 31 detections and 14 individual cats were identified by coat pattern.
We now repeat the camera surveys annually. This monitoring program tracks the relative abundance of mammals on our reserve long-term and informs a feral cat management program. The co-occurrence of native and feral carnivores possesses an important ecological question, which we will explore further.
Banner image: Tasmanian devil captured by monitoring camera on the Five Rivers Reserve