Camera Traps – August 2023 accrued 73-cassowary sightings, 100-dingoes and 357-feral pigs. Against the cumulative monthly average, cassowary numbers fell by 34%, whilst dingo-sightings rose by 250% and feral-pig numbers also grew by 258%. Against August 2022, cassowary sightings were 13% fewer, dingo numbers soared by 454%, as did feral-pigs by a whopping 567%.
In the opening slider, Delilah precedes Crinkle Cut (who is now nesting) as a mated-pair and likewise (above) Taiga (now nesting) is followed by Prudy.
Manu & either Leonardo or Michelangelo
Two dingo pups (featured in the opening slider) have emerged, but there was at least two pregnant females getting around, so more pups should emerge from their den soon
Eleven piglets … and another dozen in the opening slider. Feral-pigs are clearly prolific breeders and the only thing that is keeping their populations down naturally, are dingoes, which are declared Wild Dogs as they waver across the political boundary of Queensland’s Protected Areas into the 90% of the State where they are required to be killed. Perhaps, if the proposed Voice wins a majority support in the up-coming referendum on Saturday 14th October 2023 and becomes enshrined within the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Australia, representations on the Dingo’s behalf may lead to protection of these feral-pig controllers across the nation and fewer feral-pigs will be causing havoc to important endemics like Southern Cassowaries.
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