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Home on the kangaroo range

By 10 August 2009 3

The ABC has a story on research out of the ACT Department of Territory and Municipal Services.

They’ve been GPS collaring kangaroos to study their behaviour.

Contrary to popular thinking it seems skippy’s a bit of a home body:

    So far the research has revealed male kangaroos stay in an area of about three-square kilometres, while female kangaroos remain in an area of about half a square kilometre.

    Senior ecologist Don Fletcher says some of the data will be used to help reduce the number of wildlife road accidents around Canberra.

The things we learn.

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3 Responses to Home on the kangaroo range
#1
hellspice10:19 am, 10 Aug 09

“Senior ecologist Don Fletcher says some of the data will be used to help reduce the number of wildlife road accidents around Canberra.”

How’s that going to help ?

#2
Igglepiggle4:38 pm, 10 Aug 09

I saw one of these tagged skippys in South Tuggers on Sat afternoon, then another on the hill as I was driving down the parkway near Woden yesterday. Considering they’ve only tagged 19 kangas my strike rate is pretty good!

#3
neanderthalsis5:08 pm, 10 Aug 09

hellspice said :

“Senior ecologist Don Fletcher says some of the data will be used to help reduce the number of wildlife road accidents around Canberra.”

How’s that going to help ?

the tiny electro shock device that immediately zaps the roo when they get within 100m of a road…

The ABC article says: “We’ve got a few plans in that area and we’d like to be able to inform the road engineers better.” So maybe they plan to start a lobby that will whinge anytime a new road is proposed with a few kms of a roo in a collar.

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