Long-nosed bandicoot takes up residence in Mosman

A long-nosed bandicoot has been caught on camera by a local Mosman resident in a sighting that gives growing hope that the species is recovering in the area.

Long-nosed Bandicoot (Perameles nasuta) at night NPWS Harbour Area Manager Ben Khan said the resident was surprised to see the small marsupial because, despite being common on the north side of the Spit Bridge and throughout other parts of NSW, bandicoots have been mostly absent in Mosman for many years. 

“Over the past few years we’ve had increasing numbers of reports showing that some of our once-common fauna is bouncing back a little, and it’s really pleasing to have local residents excited by these finds,” Mr Khan said. 

“It is quite unique that in one of the biggest cities in the world with five million people that we can still enjoy seeing native wildlife in and around our backyards. 

“Active pest baiting programs such as the fox control program and responsible pet ownership have really had an impact in helping populations of some of our native animals to grow. 

“People are becoming more aware and active in spotting and protecting native species and habitat, and our thanks goes to the community for the part they have played in making these programs a success. 

“We’re hearing about bandicoot sightings where residents haven’t seen them locally for 30 years, as well as increasing numbers of wallabies and brush turkeys. 

“An Eastern Snake-necked Turtle was even found last week at a residence in the middle of Mosman,” he said. 

Local residents can contribute to the conservation of bandicoots and other native species by keeping pets locked up at night, and by not allowing their dogs or cats to enter national parks at any time.

Foxes are one of the biggest threats to native animals, and residents can help by reporting any fox sightings to the Fox Scan website: feralscan.org.au/foxscan/ 

To find out more about living with wildlife, go to Living with wildlife.

Photos for media: OEH Flickr: Bandicoot in Mosman. Photo credit: James Rees.