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    12058: Survey for the endangered red-tailed phascogale in the eastern wheatbelt of WA

    Red-tailed phascogale being released after capture near Hyden. Courtesy Wildlife Research and Management Pty Ltd.
    Red-tailed phascogale being released after capture near Hyden. Courtesy Wildlife Research and Management Pty Ltd.

    The endangered red-tailed phascogale persists only in the Western Australian wheatbelt, having contracted from 99 per cent of its original extensive range across mainland Australia.

    Even within the wheatbelt it appears to have declined over the past 30 years, contracting to the far south-west.

    The species was recorded in the eastern wheatbelt by trapping surveys in the 1970's, but has not been trapped there since.

    This project will investigate farmer sightings of the red-tailed phascogale in the eastern wheatbelt using trapping surveys.

    If successful, this will facilitate local landcare actions to assist the conservation of the species including the provision of nest boxes and control of exotic predators.

    Investment: $ 40 000
    Delivery organisation: Hyden Progress Association
    Project duration: December 2012 - May 2014
    Location: Eastern wheatbelt, between Southern Cross and Lake King (largely centred on Hyden)
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