Trophic Responses to Lethal Control of Placental Predators in Australia

The effects of lethal control of predators, particularly wild dogs (including dingoes) (Canis familiaris) in Australia, is subject to much controversy and recent debate among ecologists. To devise a framework for understanding and researching predator and prey interactions in response to management of predators, a group of ecologists at the forefront of publication, debate and current research were invited to participate in an expert workshop. The workshop was to pay particular consideration to the expected responses of predators and prey following lethal control of predators, such as wild dogs, European red foxes (Vulpes vulpes) and feral cats (Felis catus), at World Heritage sites.

A group of experts were invited to participate in a facilitated discussion of predator and prey responses to lethal control of wild dogs, foxes and feral cats. This workshop differed from previous ones about dingoes, biodiversity and required research held in Australia during the last 10 years in that it concentrated on determining the expected trophic responses to lethal predator control. Invitees were selected primarily on the basis of their active involvement in research dealing with predator and/or prey ecology and secondarily to provide a breadth of experience across a range of WHAs and similar ecosystems.

Participants and observers were given the opportunity to review these proceedings but the editors take final  responsibility for the content.

Secondary title Trophic Responses to Lethal Control of Placental Predators in Australia: Expert Workshop
Author Guy Ballard and Peter J.S. Fleming (Eds)
Date 19/10/2012
Year 2013
Place published Sydney
Institution Vertebrate Pest Research Unit, Biosecurity NSW
Department NSW Department of Primary Industries, Orange
Region Australia - national
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