A tiger quoll has been sighted in the Grampians National Park in western Victoria for the first time in more than 140 years.
The elusive marsupial was caught on film by a remote camera set up to monitor wallabies in a very remote area deep inside the park on September 25.
Parks Victoria ranger Ryan Duffy says scientists had to verify the photo.
Parks Victoria will now “refine” the use of the cameras to hopefully build a better picture of how widespread the population is across the national park, following several unconfirmed sightings over the past few years.
The last sighting of a live tiger quoll in the area was in 1872. There are two species of tiger quoll. Many live in other places and wildlife preserves but one species is near threatened and the other endangered due to habitat specificity and the destruction of that habitat, its low density population, competition with introduced predators and short life span. Humans may contribute to low quoll numbers through trapping, accidental deaths and poisoning.
So, trail cams show their usefulness again, spotting extremely small and rare animals. Still no Bigfoot.