Surplus killing by introduced predators in Australia-evidence for ineffective anti-predator adaptations in native prey species?

Australian examples of surplus killing by mammalian predators were collated. These included surplus killing of native mammals and birds by foxes (Vulpes vulpes) and stock, native mammals and native birds by dingoes (Canis familiaris). We found no examples of surplus killing by feral cats (Felis catus).

Incidents collated include historical anecdotes of surplus killing by foxes as they colonised the Australian mainland, recent examples where foxes killed threatened native species at sites despite intensive management to exclude foxes, and recent examples of the killing of native species on formerly fox-free islands to which foxes gained entry.

Author Short, J., Kinnear, JE. and Robley, A.
Date 2002-03-01
Year 2002
Secondary title Biological Conservation
Volume 103
Number 3
Pages 283-301
Region Australia - national