Brushtail Possums: “Champion of the suburbs” or “Our tormentors”?
Alison Matthews, Daniel Lunney, Kelly Waples, Jeff Hardy, 2004. "Brushtail Possums: “Champion of the suburbs” or “Our tormentors”?", Urban Wildlife: More than meets the eye, Daniel Lunney, Shelley Burgin
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The common brushtail possum Trichosurus vulpecula poses a test for managers of urban wildlife because community attitudes towards the species vary widely from those who are prepared to live with it to those who wish it to be controlled as a pest. The New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service has the responsibility for protecting possums throughout the state. This raises three issues for review: 1. what is the conservation status of brushtail possums in both urban and non-urban areas of New South Wales?; 2. what is the extent, location and nature of the problem in Sydney?; and 3. how appropriate is current NPWS policy and management practice? The solution to the conundrum will require improvements to management strategies, further research and sustained education programs.