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Health and mortality of translocated western ringtail possums

Clarke, J., McCutcheon, H., Warren, K. and de Tores, P. (2007) Health and mortality of translocated western ringtail possums. In: Wildlife Disease Association Australasian Section, 22 - 28 September, Dryandra, Western Australia.


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 for this species over the past decade, influenced by factors such as habitat quality, predation pressure and possibly disease. The health status of possums is presently under investigation, with sampling taking place both prior and subsequent to translocation. Causes of mortality among the natural and translocated populations are described in relation to health, disease status and ecological factors.

Publication Type: Conference Item
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
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