Brush-tailed possums have been found living in the area affected by last year’s Eyre Peninsula bushfire.
Wildlife researchers and landholders have surveyed what is left of the sugar gum woodlands in the lower Eyre Peninsula hills.
Sarah Way from the Environment Department says possum numbers have declined, but there is hope they will increase.
“Not only did we find possums still hanging on in the bushfire area, we actually observed a female with independent young on her back, so not only had she survived the fire, she was actually raising successfully her young in the season following the fire,” he said.
“So that was really promising to their long-term recovery in the fire ground.”