Population trends in European rabbits and other wildlife of central Australia in the wake of rabbit hemorrhagic disease

Edwards, G. P. and Dobbie, W. and Berman, D.McK. (2002) Population trends in European rabbits and other wildlife of central Australia in the wake of rabbit hemorrhagic disease. Wildlife Research, 29 (6). pp. 557-565. ISSN 1035-3712

Abstract

Before the establishment of rabbit haemorrhagic disease (RHD) in central Australia in May 1996, a program was instituted to monitor its impacts at six localities broadly distributed across the region. At these sites, population trends in rabbits and other wildlife were studied over a 2.5-year period. Rabbit populations declined by approximately 85% following establishment of RHD at the sites, and had not recovered 22 months later. More varanid lizards were detected on our survey plots 12–22 months after RHD than during the preceding period. Although numbers of dingoes and wedge-tailed eagles varied during the study, significant population reductions were not detected in either species in the wake of RHD. Significant population changes were not detected in red foxes, feral cats, red kangaroos, small mammals, or other raptor species.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Restricted access to published version in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Biological and Physical Sciences
Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2018 01:54
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2018 01:54
Uncontrolled Keywords: European rabbits, rabbit hemorrhagic disease, wildlife, population trends
Fields of Research : 05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050205 Environmental Management
Socio-Economic Objective: D Environment > 96 Environment > 9604 Control of Pests, Diseases and Exotic Species > 960499 Control of Pests, Diseases and Exotic Species not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1071/WR00097
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/34377

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