Predator-baiting experiments for the conservation of rock-wallabies in Western Australia: a 25-year review with recent advances

  • Published source details Kinnear J.E., Krebs C.J., Pentland C., Orell P., Holme C. & Karvinen R. (2010) Predator-baiting experiments for the conservation of rock-wallabies in Western Australia: a 25-year review with recent advances. Wildlife Research, 37, 57-67.


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Remove/control non-native mammals

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Terrestrial Mammal Conservation
  1. Remove/control non-native mammals

    A replicated, before-and-after study in 1979–2007 at four sites in Western Australia, Australia (Kinnear et al. 2010) found that controlling non-native red foxes Vulpes vulpes resulted in an increase in the number of rock wallabies Petrogale spp. At all four sites, 10–24 years after fox control began, rock wallaby populations were higher (33–300 animals), than before fox control began (1–32 animals). Starting in 1982, baits containing 1080 poison were laid monthly around four wildlife reserves. At each site, where there were signs of rock wallabies, 30 live traps were baited with apples over a three-day period. Traps were set each evening and checked at dawn, in December–April and February–March of 1979–2007. All rock wallabies caught were tagged, weighed, and released near their capture site.

    (Summarised by: Phil Martin)

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