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Koala Sighting Highlights Value of Pest Control

By Greater Sydney Local Land Services
Posted: 2 Sep 2020
Putty Valley enjoys a unique location surrounded by Wollemi and Yengo National Parks, the largest wilderness area in New South Wales. Wollemi NP is part of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage area.
Local landholders in the Putty region aren’t the only ones benefiting from a successful feral deer and wild dog control program recently with a healthy koala caught on camera in the area.

The program, coordinated by Greater Sydney Local Land Services, saw more than 30 feral deer removed from the area over a period of just two weeks.

Biosecurity Team Leader Lee Parker said the area was targeted due to a high volume of landholder complaints of feral deer and wild dogs impacting their livestock as well as their own safety.

“This area used to be home to an old deer farm and we believe the animals where pretty much left to roam after the place shut down," he said.

"Sadly, there was also a human fatality there a few months ago as a result of a motorists hitting a deer."
Mr Parker said the program involved the use of innovative new technology including infrared tools, thermal scopes, motion-detector cameras and real time location tracking and reporting.

“We developed and implemented this technology to maximise the effectiveness of the program, increase accuracy and also ensure the safety of our staff and the community," he said.

Through this technology the team were also able to capture a collection of photographs of animal activity in the area.

“We were thrilled when we came across two clear images of a healthy koala on site,” he said.

“It highlights the importance of pest animal control not just for our agricultural industries but our native animals and the environment as well.”

The program was made possible through funding from the Australian Government's National Landcare Program.

 
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