CSI: Flinders Ranges

WHOOOOO ARE YOU?…. WHO WHO? WHO WHO?….. I REALLY WANNA KNOW 

After at least 120 years of absence,  western quolls were reintroduced to the Flinders Ranges National Park in April 2014. Heaps of work had been done to get the place looking real nice, but alas, some threats remained…

In only six months, 11 of the 41 reintroduced quolls had been killed by cats. This was not good…..

What followed was a criminal style investigation that used multiple lines of evidence to profile and identify the actual cats responsible for this catastrophic predation. Inspectors Katherine, David and John found it was the big blokes that were the culprits!

For the actual science of this story read the paper and contact the authors.

Moseby KE, Peacock DE & Read JL (2015) Catastrophic cat predation: a call for predator profiling in wildlife protection programs. Biological Conservation 191: 331-340

K!E#1 by Luke O’Loughlin

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