“In May of this year, I was driving back to my base at Currawinya, quite late at night after a busy evening checking the bilbies behind the predator exclusion fence. As I was coming down the Hungerford Road back to the Ranger station, I saw a familiar shape skipping along the dusty verge. At first, I thought, “What is that?” knowing full well what I was looking at—simply because I just I couldn’t believe my eyes.
“I’ve been doing Bilby work for 20 or more years now, and this was my first bilby that I’ve ever seen in the wild—my skin was on fire, I was elated with what I was seeing.
Since this sighting, outside the fence we found evidence of bilbies living including burrows, feed scrapes and bilby prints.
HOWEVER along with bilby tracks, we have seen an increase in cat tracks—a 1,000% increase since September last year. It is vital now that we keep the cats at bay, to give the resilient bilby a chance to continue to grow in numbers over the year ahead.