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The virtuous circle: predator-friendly farming andecological restoration in Australia


Johnson, CN and Wallach, AD, The virtuous circle: predator-friendly farming and ecological restoration in Australia, Restoration Ecology, 24, (6) pp. 821-826. ISSN 1061-2971 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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2016 Society for Ecological Restoration

DOI: doi:10.1111/rec.12396


In Australia, dingoes are widely regarded as enemies of livestock, and accordingly livestock producers commonly attempt to reduce or eradicate them by lethal control. This can have two forms of perverse outcomes: lethal control often does not succeed in reducing dingo populations and can even result in increased attacks on livestock; and the environmental benefits provided by dingoes, some of which are valuable to livestock production, are lost. We describe these outcomes and suggest mechanisms by which tolerance of dingoes could provide benefits to livestock enterprises, at the same time widening the scope of ecological restoration, and humane treatment of wildlife in Australia.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Canis dingo, human-wildlife conflict, livestock protection, predation, trophic cascades, livestock guard dogs
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Wildlife and habitat management
Objective Division:Animal Production and Animal Primary Products
Objective Group:Environmentally sustainable animal production
Objective Field:Environmentally sustainable animal production not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Johnson, CN (Professor Christopher Johnson)
ID Code:112320
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:17
Deposited By:Zoology
Deposited On:2016-11-03
Last Modified:2017-11-15

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