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depakid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 07:31 AM
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City kangaroos collared for science

TARGET: ACT Parks, Conservation and Lands research assistant Claire Wimpenny uses a dart rifle to sedate kangaroos at the Wanniassa Hills reserve.

ACT Government ecologists are fitting global positioning collars to kangaroos across the region's urban areas to better understand their movements.

The study, believed to be the first in Australia of a large, wild animal in an urban environment, could help to plan kangaroo population-control programs.

In understanding where and when kangaroos move, the study could also reduce the number of kangaroos involved in motor-vehicle collisions.

Territory and Municipal Services senior ecologist Don Fletcher said the ACT recorded the highest densities of kangaroo populations in Australia, making it the ''kangaroo capital''.

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