Control of pest mammals for biodiversity protection in Australia. I. Patterns of control and monitoring

Reddiex, Ben, Forsyth, David M., McDonald-Madden, Eve, Einoder, Luke D., Griffioen, Peter A., Chick, Ryan R. and Robley, Alan J. (2006) Control of pest mammals for biodiversity protection in Australia. I. Patterns of control and monitoring. Wildlife Research, 33 8: 691-709. doi:10.1071/WR05102


Author Reddiex, Ben
Forsyth, David M.
McDonald-Madden, Eve
Einoder, Luke D.
Griffioen, Peter A.
Chick, Ryan R.
Robley, Alan J.
Title Control of pest mammals for biodiversity protection in Australia. I. Patterns of control and monitoring
Journal name Wildlife Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1035-3712
1448-5494
Publication date 2006
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1071/WR05102
Volume 33
Issue 8
Start page 691
End page 709
Total pages 19
Place of publication Collingwood, Vic., Australia
Publisher CSIRO Publishing
Language eng
Formatted 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 species, little is known about national patterns and costs of control and monitoring. We therefore conducted a survey of pest-control operations undertaken by conservation-focused organisations in Australia. A total of 1306 control operations were reported, with most conducted during 1998–2003: there was little information prior to 1990. Foxes and rabbits were the most, and feral cats the least, frequently controlled pest species. The total area on which control was undertaken in 2003, the year for which most information was available, ranged from ~0.4 × 104 km2 for feral cats to ~10.7 × 104 km2 for foxes. A wide range of techniques and intensities were used to control each of the six species. The estimated cost of labour expended on control in 2003 ranged from $0.4 × 106 for feral cats to $5.3 × 106 for foxes. Monitoring of the pest or biodiversity occurred in 50–56% of control actions in which foxes, wild dogs and feral cats were targeted, but only 22–26% of control actions in which rabbits, feral pigs and feral goats were targeted. Our results are discussed in relation to previous studies of pest animal control and monitoring in Australia.
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