Journal article

Dingoes can help conserve wildlife and our methods can tell

Dale G Nimmo, Simon J Watson, David M Forsyth, Corey JA Bradshaw

JOURNAL OF APPLIED ECOLOGY | WILEY | Published : 2015

Abstract

Management of apex predators is among the most controversial wildlife management issues globally. In Australia, some ecologists have advocated using the dingo, Canis dingo, as a tool for conservation management, due to evidence that they suppress invasive mesopredators. Hayward & Marlow (Journal of Applied Ecology, 51, 2014 and 835) questioned the capacity of dingoes to provide benefits to native biodiversity due to their inability to eradicate foxes and cats. They also argued that indices of abundance commonly used in studies of mesopredator release by dingoes (namely, track-based indices) invalidate the conclusions of the studies. Hayward & Marlow caution conservation practitioners against..

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Awarded by ARC Future Fellowship


Funding Acknowledgements

DGN led this paper while funded by an Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. CJAB was supported by an ARC Future Fellowship (grant number FT110100306). Thanks to Jose Lahoz-Monfort for useful discussions on occupancy modelling.