Mammals

As we walk around the property during the day we see the occasional pademelon, Thylogale billardierii, and Bennett's wallaby, Macropus rufogriseus but few other mammals. Our main sources of information about the mammals at Rubicon come from photos taken by motion sensitive cameras at night, from scats and, occasionally, skeletons.

We have the use of two motion sensor cameras that we set up from time to time in different locations to record mammal activity.

For example, between 27 April and 6 May 2014 we put out a camera pointing at a peanut butter bait. The results of nine days' photo observations are shown in the table below:

Records of camera 2 27/04- 6/05/2014

Potoroo

Pademelon

Brush-tailed possum

Wallaby

Cat

Blackbird

No of separate occasions seen

31

4

2

1

2

1

Potoroos and pademelons, sometimes with young, were the mammals most frequently observed.

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Long-nosed Potoroo, Potorous tridactylus

 

 

 

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Pademelon, adult and young, Thylogale billardierii

 

 

 

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Brushtailed possum, Trichosurus vulpecula, caught on camera at peanut butter bait station

 

 

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Bennett's wallaby, Macropus rufogriseus

 

 

 

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Feral cat, Felis catus

 

 

 

To our regret, rabbits, Oryctolagus cuniculus, and feral cats, Felis catus, frequent Rubicon. We fill in rabbit burrows when we find them. We see limited value in trapping cats within our boundaries unless there is a landscape scale effort to eradicate them. There is a large reservoir of feral cats in the area that we think would rapidly move in to take the place of any we trapped.