Journal article

Control of pest mammals for biodiversity protection in Australia. II. Reliability of knowledge

Ben Reddiex, David M Forsyth

Wildlife Research | CSIRO PUBLISHING | Published : 2006

Abstract

Foxes, wild dogs, feral cats, rabbits, feral pigs, and feral goats are believed to have deleterious impacts on native biodiversity in Australia. However, although considerable resources have been expended controlling these six pest species, there are few reliable estimates of the effects of pest control on native biodiversity. We first show why reliable knowledge of the effects of pest animal control operations can be gained only by adopting proper experimental designs (i.e. treatment and non-treatment areas, replication, and random assignment of treatment and non-treatment areas) and monitoring of both the pest and biodiversity. We then review the design of 1915 pest control actions conduct..

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