Management of wild canids in Australia: free-ranging dogs and red foxes

Fleming, Peter J. S. and Allen, Ben L. and Allen, Lee R. and Ballard, Guy A. and Bengsen, Andrew and Gentle, Matt and McLeod, Lynette and Meek, Paul and Saunders, Glen (2014) Management of wild canids in Australia: free-ranging dogs and red foxes. In: Carnivores of Australia: past, present and future. CSIRO Publishing, Australia, pp. 107-152. ISBN 064310318X

Abstract

Wild canids are widespread across most of mainland Australia. They can have major impacts on livestock production and biodiversity values and often necessitate active management. The impacts of free-ranging dogs and foxes should be managed concurrently, as there is often substantial overlap in their impacts and because most available control methods do not discriminate between the two species. Effective management of the impacts of wild canids requires a strategic approach that is driven by participants and based on specific local issues and available knowledge. Strategic management programs, as undertaken, are a form of adaptive management, in which participants gain knowledge about the problems they are addressing by conducting quasi-experiments. These examine the effects of management actions on clearly defined objectives. Importantly, it is the specific local impacts of wild canids that define the management objectives in these approaches, not simply the numbers of animals. Adaptive management can be used to suppress or enhance populations of wild canids depending on the management objectives; that is, mitigation of damage to livestock and biodiversity, or conservation of dingoes. This chapter discusses a strategic approach to managing the impacts of wild canids. The nature of those impacts, including new density:damage functions, and the specific tools and methods that are available to counter them are also discussed.


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Faculty / Department / School: Current - Institute for Agriculture and the Environment
Date Deposited: 30 Jun 2016 04:42
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2016 02:49
Fields of Research : 05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050205 Environmental Management
05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050211 Wildlife and Habitat Management
05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050206 Environmental Monitoring
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/29412

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