Feral goat eradications on islands

Campbell, Karl and Donlan, C.Josh (2005) Feral goat eradications on islands. Conservation Biology, 19 5: 1362-1374. doi:10.1111/j.1523-1739.2005.00228.x

Author Campbell, Karl
Donlan, C.Josh
Title Feral goat eradications on islands
Journal name Conservation Biology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0888-8892
Publication date 2005-10-01
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1111/j.1523-1739.2005.00228.x
Volume 19
Issue 5
Start page 1362
End page 1374
Total pages 13
Editor Gary K. Meffe
Place of publication Hoboken, NJ, United States
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Language eng
Subject C1
270709 Biogeography
770303 Control of pests and exotic species
Abstract Introduced mammals are major drivers of extinction. Feral goats (Capra hircus) are particularly devastating to island ecosystems, causing direct and indirect impacts through overgrazing, which often results in ecosystem degradation and biodiversity loss. Removing goat populations from islands is a powerful conservation tool to prevent extinctions and restore ecosystems. Goats have been eradicated successfully from 120 islands worldwide. With newly developed technology and techniques, island size is perhaps no longer a limiting factor in the successful removal of introduced goat populations. Furthermore,. the use of global positioning systems, geographic information systems, aerial hunting by helicopter specialized bunting dogs, and Judas goats has dramatically increased efficiency and significantly reduced the duration of eradication campaigns. Intensive monitoring programs are also critical for successful eradications. Because of the presence of humans with domestic goat populations on large islands, future island conservation actions will require eradication programs that involve local island inhabitants in a collaborative approach with biologists, sociologists, and educators. Given the clear biodiversity benefits, introduced goat populations should be routinely removed from islands.
Keyword Biodiversity Conservation
Environmental Sciences
Capra Hircus
Conservation Action
Eradication Techniques
Introduced Species
Invasive Species
Island Restoration
Nonnative Species
Introduced Plants
Pinta Island
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Collections: Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) - Collection
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School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
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