Tag Archives: sheep

Feral goats (and sheep) drinking

1. Feral goats and sheep drinking from the channel leading to an artificial earth dam on Canegrass Station, South Australia. 2. Herd of feral goats drinking at an artificial earth dam on Canegrass Station, South Australia. 3. Feral goats drinking at a stock trough, Parcoola Station, South Australia. The small goat on the left has […]

Feral goats with sheep

Image shows feral goats amongst a flock of sheep. Image supplied by NSW DPI. This image file may be freely downloaded and used without permission of the copyright holder for educational purposes only. If the image file is to be used for any other purpose other than educational use (including commercial purposes), permission must be […]

Distribution and abundance of pest animals in Western Australia : a survey of institutional knowledge

Data on the distribution and abundance of selected pest animals were obtained for the state of Western Australia. We used institutional knowledge from the Department of Agriculture (DAWA) and the Department of Conservation and Land Management (CALM) to acquire this important information. A two-part survey process was used to capture knowledge in 104 face-to-face interviews. […]

Two ecological universes separated by the Dingo Barrier Fence in semi-arid Australia: interactions between landscapes, herbivory and carnivory, with and without dingoes

This paper challenges conclusions of Caughley et al. (1980) that the abundance of red kangaroos (Macropus rufus) in western New South Wales is solely due to lack of dingoes (Canis lupus dingo), and vice versa for neighbouring South Australia. A Dingo Barrier Fence divides the two different ecological systems, which have sheep in New South […]

The behavioural ecology of dingoes in North-western Australia. III. Hunting and feeding behaviour, and diet

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 […]

Wild dog

Wild dogs are declared animals under the Land Protection (Pest and Stock Route Management) Act 2002 (Qld) and as such all land owners in Queensland are required to reduce the number of wild dogs on their properties. The term wild dog refers collectively to purebred dingoes, dingo hybrids and domestic dogs that have escaped or […]

Temporal, spatial and individual variation in the diet of red foxes (Vulpes vulpes) in central New South Wales

This study describes temporal, spatial and individual variation in the diet of 255 red foxes (Vulpes vulpes) collected from agricultural land in central New South Wales from July 1994 to November 1996. Rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus), sheep (Ovis aries), eastern grey kangaroos (Macropus giganteus) and invertebrates were the most important food items overall. Significant seasonal variations, […]

Natural histories of Australia’s stick-nest rats, genus Leporillus (Rodentia : Muridae)

The former distributions of stick-nest rats (Leporillus conditor and L. apicalis), both extinct on the Australian mainland since about the 1930s, were determined from literature reports, museum records, interview responses and field surveys of key areas. Population parameters were determined for L. conditor from early literature accounts, studies of remnant stick-nests in caves, a three-year […]

Factors affecting lamb survival

Every year in Australia approximately 11 million lambs die within a week of birth. Of these, 5% die before birth, 20% during birth and 75% after birth. This lamb mortility around the time of birth is the main form of lamb loss in our sheep flocks. Starvation, mismothering, exposure, difficult birth, predators, infection and other […]

Rabbits, goats and the growth and regeneration of arid zone perennial vegetation.

Compared with short-lived plants, trees and shrubs contribute disproportionately to landscape and ecosystem stability in the arid zone because of their perennial nature and drought resistance. The introduction of exotic herbivores however, has led to the suppression of the regeneration of many trees and shrubs, threatening their long term survival. The herbivores responsible for this […]