The critically endangered Smoky Mouse has been found alive and well in the Kosciuszko National Park, right after it was feared the native species experienced been wiped from the place all through the summer time bushfire disaster.
Motion-sensor cameras set up about the past 5 months have recorded images of the mouse at 7 burnt-out internet sites in southern NSW.
The NSW Place of work of Surroundings established up 58 cameras to check wildlife following the Dunns Street hearth which devastated the region about the summer months.
The sighting of the 50g rodent arrives as a aid to conservationists.
It is only found in two sites in NSW – in the Nullica region on the considerably south coast and in Kosciuszko National Park – as perfectly as pieces of Victoria and the ACT.
“We are relieved and delighted by this news as we ended up fearing the worst … as extra than 90 per cent of their habitat was burnt,” Environment Minister Matt Kean explained.
“Immediately after such a confronting and complicated begin to the calendar year, it was a quite content moment to know a native animal previously threatened with extinction has survived.”
More than the summer time, there was issue for the species amid the bushfire crisis soon after 9 mice – uncovered 50 kilometres from the nearest bushfire – died because of to smoke inhalation.
The federal government has recognized a captive breeding prepare under the Preserve our Species method which has bred 47 mice to maturity in the very last four several years.
“Long run strategies are to re-introduce the mice again to the wild to raise the Nullica populace which has been dwindling simply because of predation by feral cats,” Dr Linda Broome reported.
“Breeding happens in spring with one or two litters producing up to four youthful, so we are hoping to have much more superior information for this distinctive tiny mouse.”