The virtuous circle: predator-friendly farming and ecological restoration in Australia

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Journal Article
Citation:
Restoration Ecology, 2016, 24 (6), pp. 821 - 826
Issue Date:
2016-11-01
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© 2016 Society for Ecological Restoration 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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