The (non)effects of lethal population control on the diet of Australian dingoes

Allen, Benjamin L. and Leung, Luke K.-P. (2014) The (non)effects of lethal population control on the diet of Australian dingoes. PLoS One, 9 9: e108251.1-e108251.11. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0108251

Author Allen, Benjamin L.
Leung, Luke K.-P.
Title The (non)effects of lethal population control on the diet of Australian dingoes
Journal name PLoS One   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1932-6203
Publication date 2014-09-22
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0108251
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 9
Issue 9
Start page e108251.1
End page e108251.11
Total pages 11
Place of publication San Francisco, CA United States
Publisher Public Library of Science
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Top-predators contribute to ecosystem resilience, yet individuals or populations are often subject to lethal control to
protect livestock, managed game or humans from predation. Such management actions sometimes attract concern that
lethal control might affect top-predator function in ways ultimately detrimental to biodiversity conservation. The primary
function of a predator is predation, which is often investigated by assessing their diet. We therefore use data on prey
remains found in 4,298 Australian dingo scats systematically collected from three arid sites over a four year period to
experimentally assess the effects of repeated broad-scale poison-baiting programs on dingo diet. Indices of dingo dietary
diversity and similarity were either identical or near-identical in baited and adjacent unbaited treatment areas in each case,
demonstrating no control-induced change to dingo diets. Associated studies on dingoes’ movement behaviour and
interactions with sympatric mesopredators were similarly unaffected by poison-baiting. These results indicate that mid-sized
top-predators with flexible and generalist diets (such as dingoes) may be resilient to ongoing and moderate levels of
population control without substantial alteration of their diets and other related aspects of their ecological function.
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