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Advances in molecular ecology, particularly over the past two decades, have allowed studies of populations to extend to increasingly broad geographic and temporal scales without sacrificing detail. Limitations on sample numbers and types are decreasing, as efficiency and techniques for extracting DNA from sub-optimal sources (such as hair or scats) improve. In this thesis I [...]
Understanding the causes of faunal declines is important for preserving Australia’s threatened fauna. Both predation and livestock grazing have been investigated as potential causes of declines, but some studies struggle to account for historical grazing impacts due to the lack of historical information on livestock distribution and grazing intensity. This article summarises some trends in [...]
In more ways than one, dogs may be a major part of the solution to Australia’s enormous feral cat problem, which is devastating native mammal populations in the country’s north. In recent times, no other nation has seen as many of its mammals disappear, with 24 species – mostly small and medium-sized marsupials – becoming [...]
Dingo (Canis lupus dingo and hybrids) diet studies primarily rely on analyses of prey remains found in stomachs or scats (i.e. faeces). However, dingoes are also scavengers, and doubt may remain as to whether or not a given item found in a stomach/scat was killed or scavenged. This paper briefly reports some incidental observations of [...]
The dingo (Canis lupus dingo) is a keystone species in Australian ecosystems. The current study reports four dingoes observed attacking a swimming eastern grey kangaroo (Macropus giganteus) in the Wollondilly River, New South Wales. It is proposed that kangaroos need to stand at a certain depth of water to escape an attack by dingoes. If [...]
Predator scat analysis was used to infer the potential impact of wild dogs (Canis lupus dingo, C. l. familiaris and hybrids of the two) on threatened native terrestrial mammals in coastal and near-coastal southern New South Wales, Australia. Prey items recorded in wild dog scats were compared with those occurring in scats of the red [...]
This report identifies and reviews Australasian and international research on public attitudes towards current and proposed forms of control for invasive animals. The review is primarily intended as an information resource for those involved in researching and managing the impacts of animal pests in Australia and New Zealand. Animals covered in the review include: foxes, [...]
Fact sheet by the Australian Alps Wild Dog Working Group, made up of representatives from Parks Victoria; the Commonwealth Department of the Environment and Water Resources; ACT Parks, Conservation and Lands; and NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service.
Injection and mixing techniques for the preparation of fresh meat baits containing sodium monofluoroacetate (1080) were evaluated. Both techniques produced baits containing variable quantities of 1080. The injection of 1 ml of 6.0-mg ml-’ 1080 and 0.5 ml of 13.6-mg ml-’ 1080 solution produced baits containing (mean ± SD) 2.9 ± 0.6 and 3.5 ± [...]
Bandicoots are more tolerant to 1080 poison than are most other mammals in eastern Australia. LD50S obtained for Isoodon obesulus, Perameles nasuta and P. gunni ranged from c. 5.4 to 7.7 mg kg-’. Signs of poisoning observed were typical of those for insectivores and carnivores and first appeared at from 2 h to over 7 [...]
Twenty-nine farms with a prevalence of greater than 20% of hydatidosis in cattle were visited in south eastern Queensland between August and December 1982. All farms carried beef cattle but none sheep. Twenty-four had dingoes and wallabies but only 8 had feral pigs. On 17 farms either macropods were killed for dog food or dogs [...]
Australian examples of surplus killing by mammalian predators were collated. These included surplus killing of native mammals and birds by foxes (Vulpes vulpes) and stock, native mammals and native birds by dingoes (Canis lupus dingo). We found no examples of surplus killing by feral cats (Felis catus). Incidents collated include historical anecdotes of surplus killing [...]
Habitat use by feral cats and dingoes was examined within a heterogeneous semi-arid woodland site in central Australia over 2 years. Density estimates of feral cats based on tracks were higher in mulga habitat than in open habitat. Isodar analysis implied that this pattern of habitat use by feral cats was consistent with the consumer-resource [...]
Observations from aerial radio-tracking were used together with analysis of scat and stomach samples to investigate the feeding ecology of dingoes, Canis familiaris dingo, on the lower Fortescue River in Western Australia. Between 1977 and 1984, 1948 records of hunting and feeding were obtained, and 352 scats and 119 stomachs were collected. Dingoes preyed predominantly [...]
There are about 3400 islands off the Western Australian coast, many of which have high nature conservation values. Eleven species of introduced mammals occur or occurred on 124 islands, including three domestic animals (horse, camel and sheep) that have not become feral. In addition, Aborigines introduced dingoes to at least four islands before European settlement. [...]
Wild dogs, including dingoes, may cause substantial losses to livestock. They may also have significant impacts upon the distribution and abundance of native wildlife. However, there is an expectation that the dingo should be conserved because it arrived in Australia prior to European settlement. Furthermore, wild dogs in general may play an important role in [...]
A paradigm that seeks to encourage best practice use of vertebrate pest control techniques must also actively promote their continuous improvement. This acknowledges that the community has diverse expectations of vertebrate pest control that may change with time and context; as will the general public acceptability of different techniques. There are many possibilities for improving [...]
The spotted-tailed quoll (Dasyurus maculatus) is a medium-sized marsupial carnivore that has declined in abundance and distribution since European settlement in Australia, and is now listed federally as an endangered species. Introduced predators are thought to have contributed to this decline. Foxes and feral cats occupy a similar dietary niche to that of quolls, and [...]
Communication of results is an essential part of our research. Each year the research staff at AFRS, RWPARC and TWRC compile their results known as Technical Highlights.
Many introduced animals such as the rabbit have become serious pests. Pest animals have damaged Queensland’s environment and economy and, for this reason, the importation and keeping of some animals as pets is prohibited by legislation. Prohibited animals include mammals, reptiles and amphibians, and fish and birds. Permits to keep declared animals are only available [...]