A treetoptic group in the Western Kimberley has become one of the most endangered species in the country.
The illawarrian group has lost the most of its habitat and has also lost its habitat due to logging and the mining of its grassland, according to the Illawarra Conservation Group.
The group has a range of about 1,500 hectares, which is about 20 per cent of its original area.
Its last known sighting was in 2009 when a pair of individuals were seen in the bush.
But it has lost its natural habitat, and now is being displaced by more logging and mining, according a recent report by the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS).
The group is considered a vulnerable species, with the NPWS estimating it would be extinct by 2040 if it were to become extinct.
“We know that the species is becoming less and less of a threat because of the logging, but it’s still the largest known species of bushland in Western Australia,” said the report’s author, Ian Pomeroy.
“It’s going to be a struggle for it to survive, and that’s why we’re so concerned that the bushlands are being lost.”
The ill-mannered bushmanThe group consists of about 40 individuals and is one of only four known treetopes in Australia, according the NPW.
The forested area is in the area where a mine is currently being developed.
A survey last year found the group’s population had fallen to just 25 individuals.
The forest department says it has been monitoring the population for years and is aware of the species’ declining numbers.
“The forest service has taken steps to address the decline, including increased monitoring of the population and a decision to reduce logging and re-open areas to grazing in the areas where the trees are dying,” a department spokesperson said.
“There are also steps being taken to ensure the bushland is not lost forever.”
The government says the group is protected under the National Heritage Area Act, which protects endangered species.
The NCA has a number of other protected species, including the western black rhino, the western red snapper, and the eastern red grouse.
It is the only protected species that is in Queensland, with all others in the Kimberley.
Topics:federal—state-issues,environment,environmental-impact,wildlife,environment-management,canberra-2600,act,wa,alzina-2483First posted October 01, 2019 13:31:23Contact Andrew TaylorMore stories from New South Wales