Potential impact of aerial baiting for wild dogs on a population of spotted-tailed quolls

The spotted-tailed quoll (Dasyurus maculatus) is a threatened marsupial that inhabits forests in eastern Australia. In many of these forests the species is sympatric with populations of wild dogs (including dingoes) (Canis familiaris), which are subject to poison-baiting programs. Many of these programs involve dropping meat baits injected with 6 mg of 1080 from helicopters. To date, the effect of this method on populations of spotted-tailed quolls has not been quantified. We carried out a simulated aerial baiting program using meat baits injected with a non-toxic baitmarker, Rhodamine B, which is laid down in the vibrissae of mammals ingesting baits. Of the 16 spotted-tailed quolls subsequently captured, 10 had Rhodamine B in their vibrissae. The potential impact that this level of bait uptake might have on a population of quolls is discussed.

Author Murray, A. J. and Poore, R. N.
Date 23/12/2004
Year 2004
Secondary title Wildlife Research
Volume 31
Number 6
Pages 639-644
Notes Notes
Control method Baiting
Region NSW