A young adult spotted-tailed quoll was captured on a wildlife camera recently. Spotted-tailed quolls are listed as ‘Vulnerable’ in NSW and ‘Endangered’ nationally. The camera was set up by MidCoast Council.
Based on the lack of significant vegetation corridors through Crowdy, spotted-tailed quolls wouldn’t normally be expected there, but the captured images show how hardy and adaptable the species can be. As the quoll captured appears to be a semi-mature adult, it would appear that there may be a small breeding population somewhere nearby, or else this is a particularly adventurous adolescent. Generally speaking, female quolls occupy home ranges of 200-500 hectares, while males occupy very large home ranges from 500 to over 4000 hectares.
There was another quoll found as roadkill in July last year on Crowdy Head Road near Harrington, so they’re obviously in the area and we must continue to do what we can to protect all our natural coastal habitats.