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Health status and translocation success of wild and rehabilitated possums

McCutcheon, H., Clarke, J., de Tores, P. and Warren, K. (2007) Health status and translocation success of wild and rehabilitated possums. In: National Wildlife Rehabilitation Conference, 5 - 9 August, Fremantle, Western Australia

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    Abstract

    Translocation of the western ringtail possum (Pseudocheirus occidentalis) is currently undertaken as a management strategy in the face of habitat destruction. Translocation success has been variable over the past decade, potentially influenced by factors such as habitat quality and predation pressure. The current translocation programme incorporates an investigation of the health and disease status of western ringtail and common brushtail (Trichosurus vulpecula) possums, both in their natural habitat around Busselton (south-west WA) and at the translocation sites in Yalgorup National Park and Leschenault Peninsula Conservation Park 50-100km north of Busselton. We discuss the physiological parameters and diseases screened for in this programme, and the outcomes of recent translocations in relation to health status, possum dispersal and predation pressure.

    Publication Type: Conference Paper
    Murdoch Affiliation: School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
    URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/10427
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