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Tasmanian devils are likely a blunt instrument: A comment on Hunter et al. (2015)


Fancourt, BA and Mooney, N, Tasmanian devils are likely a blunt instrument: A comment on Hunter et al. (2015), Biological Conservation, 196 pp. 213-214. ISSN 0006-3207 (2016) [Letter or Note in Journal]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2016.01.022


Hunter et al. (2015) modelled the effects of reintroducing Tasmanian devils to parts of mainland Australia. We suggest that several inferred input values used for species interactions are questionable, contradicting what is known from wild devils, leading to overestimates in model predictions. Assumptions that overstate potential benefits could lead to unrealistic expectations and mistakes in management decisions.

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Item Type:Letter or Note in Journal
Keywords:letter, biological conservation, Tasmanian devil, species interactions, reintroduction, species management
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Ecological applications
Research Field:Ecosystem function
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Management of Antarctic and Southern Ocean environments
Objective Field:Assessment and management of Antarctic and Southern Ocean ecosystems
UTAS Author:Fancourt, BA (Miss Bronwyn Fancourt)
ID Code:116945
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:Biological Sciences
Deposited On:2017-05-25
Last Modified:2017-05-25

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