Australian Mammalogy Australian Mammalogy Society
Journal of the Australian Mammal Society
RESEARCH ARTICLE

Population density of eastern grey kangaroos (Macropus giganteus) in a periurban matrix at Coffs Harbour, New South Wales

Timothy Henderson A C , Rajanathan Rajaratnam B and Karl Vernes A
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A Ecosystem Management, University of New England, Armidale, NSW 2351, Australia.

B Geography and Planning, University of New England, Armidale, NSW 2351, Australia.

C Corresponding author. Email: timh@ecoaus.com.au

Australian Mammalogy - https://doi.org/10.1071/AM17010
Submitted: 28 February 2017  Accepted: 25 September 2017   Published online: 19 October 2017

Abstract

We surveyed eastern grey kangaroos at four locations at the Northern Beaches region of Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, to estimate densities in this growing peri-urban region. This region is considered a regional hotspot for human–kangaroo conflict, with numerous kangaroo-related incidents in recent years. Direct counts of kangaroos were undertaken every two months during 2016. Kangaroo densities varied between sites, ranging from 0.2 individuals ha–1 to 4.9 individuals ha–1. Because no estimates of population density exist for the Northern Beaches, our results assisted the development of a regional kangaroo management plan, and contribute to a broader understanding of eastern grey kangaroo densities in peri-urban areas.


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