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Title: Resolving the value of the dingo in ecological restoration
Contributor(s): Newsome, Thomas M (author); Ballard, Guy (author); Nimmo, Dale G (author); Nelson, Michael Paul (author); Read, John L (author); Ripple, William J (author); Ritchie, Euan G (author); Shores, Carolyn R (author); Wallach, Arian D (author); Wirsing, Aaron J (author); Dickman, Christopher R (author); Crowther, Mathew S (author); Dellinger, Justin A (author); Fleming, Peter (author); Glen, Alistair S (author); Greenville, Aaron C (author); Johnson, Chris N (author); Letnic, Mike (author); Moseby, Katherine E (author)
Publication Date: 2015
DOI: 10.1111/rec.12186
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Abstract: There is global interest in restoring populations of apex predators, both to conserve them and to harness their ecological services. In Australia, reintroduction of dingoes (Canis dingo) has been proposed to help restore degraded rangelands. This proposal is based on theories and the results of studies suggesting that dingoes can suppress populations of prey (especially medium- and large-sized herbivores) and invasive predators such as red foxes (Vulpes vulpes) and feral cats (Felis catus) that prey on threatened native species. However, the idea of dingo reintroduction has met opposition, especially from scientists who query the dingo's positive effects for some species or in some environments. Here, we ask 'what is a feasible experimental design for assessing the role of dingoes in ecological restoration?' We outline and propose a dingo reintroduction experiment-one that draws upon the existing dingo-proof fence-and identify an area suitable for this (Sturt National Park, western New South Wales). Although challenging, this initiative would test whether dingoes can help restore Australia's rangeland biodiversity, and potentially provide proof-of-concept for apex predator reintroductions globally.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Restoration Ecology, 23(3), p. 201-208
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Inc
Place of Publication: United States of America
ISSN: 1526-100X
Field of Research (FOR): 070203 Animal Management
060899 Zoology not elsewhere classified
060299 Ecology not elsewhere classified
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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