Wildlife - Footprints in the snow
wombat is a marsupial and signs of them are frequently seen in the
snow, particularly in wooded areas where there is a lighter snow cover
and are only occasionally seen above the treeline. They are not often
seen in the daytime. They dig through the snow to forage on grass. As
they have very short legs they move through soft snow with difficulty,
often leaving drag marks, but can travel quite quickly on firm snow. They
often have to dig through snow to access their burrow.
The kangaroo is not often seen during winter but is
quite capable of movement through the snow. (Photo by Warren Feakes, near
Nordic Shelter in June) The other photo shows the imprint of both
rear feet and each bound covered about 2 metres.
Echidnas may be encountered in the snow. Feral pigs
(particularly in the northern area of KNP), dogs and cats may be
found and if seen should be reported to the NPWS as they have a culling
program to reduce their numbers in the park. Pigs can be dangerous and
skiers should keep their distance from them.
Birds seen in the winter and spring include crows,
ravens, magpies, currawongs, green and crimson rosellas, eagles, yellow
tailed black cockatoos, gang gang cockatoos and numerous robins
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