Vertebrate pest management is one of the greatest environmental and animal welfare issues in Australia today. Millions of exotic vertebrate pests are killed annually in an effort to protect threatened native species, agricultural resources and entire ecosystems. Populations of some major pests, such as European rabbits and red foxes, are now considered to constitute a “threatening process” for native species under various state and federal legislation. Few other areas of land management can lay claim to such a complex web of technical, social, ethical and biological issues. Equally, there are few areas of applied research where the need for innovation is more evident.
|Author||Department of Primary Industries, VIC|