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Koala scat dog returns to the City of Logan

Published: 16 July 2015

Koala scat dog returns to the City of Logan
Ecologist Olivia Woosnam and Taz will conduct koala surveys on local properties later this year.

The newest recruit to the City of Logan's koala detection dog squad is getting ready to report for duty.

After the success of Maya the koala detective last year, Logan City Council is again on the trail to search for koalas in the south-western parts of the city.

Parks, Health, Environment and Sustainability Committee Chairperson, Councillor Trevina Schwarz (Division 11) said Council was now calling for land owners to express their interest in having their properties surveyed by a koala scat detection dog.

"We will be working to focus the surveys on the Flinders Karawatha Corridor and are now looking for private land owners to get involved," she said.

"Property owners in Greenbank, New Beith, North Maclean, South Maclean, Lyons, Undullah and Jimboomba will be our focus this time around, with our new recruit to the koala detection squad, Taz, a trained koala scat detection dog, coming on board.

"We are looking for properties that are ideally at least three to four hectares in size and with existing native vegetation, and we'll prioritise the properties to represent the whole of the search area."

Cr Schwarz said Taz did not bark or chase wildlife or domestic pets.

Taz is owned by ecologist Olivia Woosnam, who previously completed koala scat detection dog surveys for Council in 2014 using Maya.

"We will use the data from these surveys to assist with koala conservation," Cr Schwarz said.

The results will be publicly available on Council's website at the end of the program.

Meanwhile, residents can also help koalas and other wildlife by attending a workshop at Jimboomba on Tuesday 25 August (5.30pm to 7.30pm) about reducing the impacts of domestic dogs on wildlife.

The workshop is suitable for adults and children aged over 10 years.

For more information about the koala scat detection program or Council's environmental activities and events please phone 3412 4491 or email environment@logan.qld.gov.au