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Searching For A Missing Wallaroo

ESF biologist warns of a wallaroo predator
5/20/2009

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Bandit the wallaroo escaped from an animal compound at Jeff Taylor's home in Chittenango, N.Y. over a month ago.

Taylor continues to field 'sighting' calls daily. Bandit, as the wallaroo is now called, was spotted twice May 15, 2009 on a 100-acre wooded area behind Taylor's home. Cameras are set up to capture the roo's movement patterns so baited traps that won't hurt the animal can be moved accordingly.

Taylor says he's confident he'll get his roo back, safe and sound. A few things do pose a danger to Bandit: traffic, and, if he should remain on the loose that long, winter.

"Once the snows come, in particular, winter is likely to make it exceedingly tough for it to survive. I don't think it would survive a winter in Central New York," said SUNY-ESF biologist, Dr. William Shields.

There is one predator that Bandit needs to be aware of and that's the coyote. Granted, a roo can move fast, but so can a coyote.

"Because coyotes can run all day long and even though the wallaroo is faster than it is, it's short term. If a pack decided to chase it for a long enough time, they might be able to catch it," said Shields.