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Strippers in Flowerdale

August 27, 2012

Recently there has been a lot of stripping going on just outside Flowerdale … bark stripping that is. Young trees, particularly Red Stringybarks (Eucalyptus macrorhyncha) are having bark removed from them about a metre off the ground. Remote cameras have failed to capture the culprits. The most likely suspects are Sambar deer (Rusa unicolor), Eastern Grey Kangaroos (Macropus giganteus) or Swamp Wallabies (Wallabia bicolor). All are notorious bark strippers.

The reasons for this behaviour are as varied as the suspects – range marking, adding fibre to the diet in the absence of dry grass, or adding salt and minerals to a meal.

We will now focus a remote camera on the electricity pole on our property. Everyone knows that where there’s stripping, there is bound to be pole dancing.

Have to get a picture of a Swampy doing that!

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