Cautionary considerations for positive dingo management: a response to the Johnson and Ritchie critique of Fleming et al. (2012)

Fleming, Peter J. S. and Allen, Benjamin L. and Ballard, Guy-Anthony (2013) Cautionary considerations for positive dingo management: a response to the Johnson and Ritchie critique of Fleming et al. (2012). Australian Mammalogy , 35 (1). pp. 15-22. ISSN 0310-0049

Abstract

Johnson and Ritchie (2012) have provided a criticism of our opinion piece (Fleming et al. 2012). There is some common ground, but we remain unconvinced by their view that our reasoning was unsound or beside the point. In this response, we discuss where Johnson and Ritchie have provided unconvincing evidence to refute our seven considerations, and reiterate and demonstrate why these considerations remain important. The mesopredator release or suppression hypothesis in Australian ecosystems must be objectively evaluated before positive management of dingoes and other free-ranging dogs is recommended or implemented. Adaptive comanagement of free-ranging dogs can be used for both biodiversity conservation and the mitigation of livestock predation but caution must be exercised when considering using free-ranging dogs as a conservation tool.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty / Department / School: Current - Institute for Agriculture and the Environment
Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2016 01:15
Last Modified: 25 May 2017 05:28
Uncontrolled Keywords: Canidae; experimental design; inference; mesopredator release hypothesis; wildlife management
Fields of Research : 05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050299 Environmental Science and Management not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: D Environment > 96 Environment > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960599 Ecosystem Assessment and Management not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1071/AM12036
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/29431

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