Emu decline

Subject: Emu decline
From: Alexandra Appleman <>
Date: Thu, 29 Jun 2000 14:44:48 +1000
Following on the thread of postings from the Darwin, Mt Isa and
Coonabarabran areas, Emus are rarely seen around Townsville (situated on
the coastal plain in the dry tropics) but are regularly seen along the
ranges to the west of the city. The Army has extensive land holdings in the
area and I contacted their Environmental Officer to ask if he had noted a
decline. He assures me they are still seen regularly and should also
presumably be present on adjacent pastoral holdings. 

As Emus are (as far as I am aware) nomadic perhaps the good rains over the
past 2 wet seasons has allowed them to move away from drought refuges?

I will be in Barcaldine (Central Queensland) with my work in late July and
will keep a watch out for any sightings.  

Alex Appleman
CRC Tropicla Savannas

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