The Centralian advocate Tue 6 Dec 2011
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v. 65 no. 57
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Centralian Advocate, Tuesday, December 6, 2011 7 P U B : C A D V D A T E : 6 -D E C -2 0 1 1 P A G E : 7 C O L O R : C M Y K 2 6 2 3 0 2 /1 2 P H O T O E S S A Y Words and Picture: BARRY SKIPSEY Possum Magic With his motion detector camera neatly positioned and secured to a tree trunk, Parks and Wildlife ranger Deon Grantham manipulated the settings. Directly underneath the digital unit, he doused cotton wool inside a perforated jar with the pungent but enticing scent of vanilla essence. Ill alternate between citrus and vanilla as bait, he says. The silent sentinel was now primed and programmed for another night of spying on the local wildlife calling Ormiston Gorge home. They say patience is a virtue and, for Deon, his hard work and persist ence recently paid off with a series of images, captured at night, con firming that the Gorge was indeed home to the endangered Central Brush Tailed Possum, Trichosurus vulpeclua. He lifted his broad brimmed hat: I was pretty chuffed, to say the least, he says with a grin. I had my suspicions, but until this break through we only had circumstantial evidence in the form of droppings, tracks and marks on trees. Deon trekked to a specific location daily. With the return trip taking two and half hours, he scrambled up rock faces, deep within the Gorge, to set up his infrared camera. Finally, after two months of hard yakka, his quarry stepped on to the stage to record a brief moment of magic. Additional long-term monitoring to determine numbers will now be handled by the small but enthusi astic team in the Southern Biodiversity Unit, says Deon. Having moved from Mannum in South Australia, he enjoys the work, the variety and job satisfaction that comes with the role of a ranger. Thanks to his efforts, the Central Brush Tailed Possum might stand a better chance of steering clear of the endangered list. your thoughts TEXT 0421 261 177 Repercussions Tolerance Training So exactly what will happen to us home owners when somebody regardless of age breaks into our home while we are there and they find themselves beaten senseless with a few broken bones, perhaps a fractured skull from a wayward 5 iron, then dumped outside at mercy to whether or not I call an ambulance straight away or in my own good time? Something tells me there would be repercussions. Name withheld Alice Springs Lock the door? How about lock them up? Its easy to justify trying to rob a home when the conse quence is a slap on the wrist. The front page headline Id like to see is Zero Tolerance for all Crimes followed by a name and picture of the offender/s then we may feel a little safer. H. Clinton Alice Springs Mr F Williams, I write to you in regards to people in every town camp to be trained in first aid to save peoples lives. Im truly sorry for your loss. Truly sorry. My daughter was born so I obtained my first aid. The duty falls to us as parents. We all have equal access to such training facilities. Toby Alice Springs
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