Rare quoll spotted in North East

RURAL RABBITER: This rare quoll was recently seen on a property in the North East. The sighting is significant as there have been very few such sightings in this region.

A RARE Spot-tailed quoll has been seen at a Staghorn Flat property, a few kilometres from Baranduda (south east of Wodonga) last week.

The property owners, Russell and Kathy Cohalan, first thought their dogs were barking at a possum until they took a closer look at the animal perched up a tree.

The Cohalans contacted the Staghorn Wildlife Shelter where the likelihood of the spotted animal being the rare quoll was recognised and it was reported to the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP).

Senior DELWP biodiversity officer, Glen Johnson, attended the property on the night of March 3 to confirm the species.

“This is a hugely significant record as there have been very few recent sightings in the North East,” Mr Johnson said.

“Most sightings reported to the department are unfortunately from road kill incidents as the quoll is known to scavenge for dead animals, putting itself at risk.”

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