Pasture grazing by black-striped wallabies (Macropus dorsalis) in central Queensland

Baxter, G. S., Moll, E. J. and Lisle, A. T. (2001) Pasture grazing by black-striped wallabies (Macropus dorsalis) in central Queensland. Wildlife Research, 28 3: 269-276. doi:10.1071/WR99051


Author Baxter, G. S.
Moll, E. J.
Lisle, A. T.
Title Pasture grazing by black-striped wallabies (Macropus dorsalis) in central Queensland
Journal name Wildlife Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1035-3712
Publication date 2001-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1071/WR99051
Volume 28
Issue 3
Start page 269
End page 276
Total pages 8
Editor D. W. Morton
Place of publication Melbourne
Publisher CSIRO
Collection year 2001
Language eng
Subject C1
270708 Conservation and Biodiversity
770904 Control of pests and exotic species
Abstract Black-striped wallabies (Macropus dorsalis) are uncommon to rare in most of their former range, yet in parts of central Queensland where they are still locally common they are regarded as a serious pasture pest. There is considerable pressure from cattle graziers to reduce their density because of the putative damage that they cause to cattle pasture. Here we examined the effects of this species and other herbivores on pasture by monitoring vegetation cover between 1993 and 1998 in exclosures in brigalow, and poplar box communities on three grazing properties in the Maranoa region. The exclosures selectively allowed access to either: all vertebrate grazers including cattle; rabbits, bettongs, and wallabies; rabbits and bettongs; no vertebrate grazers. The greatest effects on the structure and species composition of pasture were caused by cattle, but wallabies did consume commercially important quantities of grass at some times of the year. This conflicts with local opinion that sees wallabies as the major cause of pasture degradation. Herein lies the management problem that sees continued reduction in wallaby habitat, and fragmentation of the species.
Keyword Ecology
Zoology
Onychogalea-fraenata
Domestic Cattle
Maranoa Region
Kangaroos
Management
Vegetation
Australia
Overlap
Rabbits
Diet
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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