A number of animals live within the alpine environment here at Mt Buller. Occasionally these animal venture insde lodges for warmth and in search of food. The most common animals that are found inside lodges are Dusky Antechinus (Antechinus swainsonii) and Bush Rats (Rattus fuscipes). Both are native to the area and are extremely common animals in the sub-alpine areas of Mt Buller and Mt Stirling. These animals can become a nuisance in winter when they move inside seeking warmth and food. Mountain Pygmy-possums (Burramys parvus) have also been found in lodges in the past, but due to their rarity and the fact that they hibernate in winter, it is unlikely that you will find them living in your lodge.
It is against the law to kill native animals. Live trapping is preferred and various kinds of live traps are available through common hardware stores. By law, animals cannot be relocated any further than 30m away from their point of capture. This is to ensure they are not released into the territory of another animal where they may be in danger. Unfortunately, this means that it is likely the animal will return to your building. It is your responsibility to block up any holes or access points and ensure that food is not readily accessible to discourage animals from entering your lodge.
The Mt Buller and Mt Stirling Alpine Resort Management Board has installed several nest boxes in trees for native Ringtail Possums (Pseudocheirus peregrinus) that are found in the Village. Normally such animals nest in the hollows of large old trees, but in urban areas where many of the larger trees have been removed they move into houses and buildings, where they can cause problems with residents. By providing more suitable outdoor nesting locations in the nest boxes this problem will hopefully be prevented.
If you are having problems with animals inside your lodge call the Mt Buller and Mt Stirling Alpine Resort Management Board offices on 03 5777 6077.
Click here to download a PDF which identifies the small native mammals you are likely to come across and what to do if you have them in your building.