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Dingo Baiting Doesn’t Harm Wildlife

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Dingo and wild dog control methods, such as poison-baiting, are not detrimental to wildlife and do not advantage predators in Australia’s beef cattle rangelands, according to research published in Frontiers in Zoology. “We found that fox and feral cat populations do not get out of control when you bait dingoes, and wildlife declines just don’t happen,” said Ben Allen, a University of Queensland PhD candidate.

“Some scientists and groups advocate the banning of dingo baiting in an effort to safeguard wildlife, believing that dingoes keep down the numbers of middle-sized predators, thereby protecting wildlife. Our research results from several large predator control experiments, the largest ever conducted in Australia, show current baiting programs in the rangelands do not lead to declines in wildlife.”

The findings contradict a University of Sydney study which found that dingoes help the survival of native animals in Central Australia by suppressing the number of feral cats and foxes (AS, November 2014, pp.24–27).

“Baiting dingoes had been predicted to harm wildlife populations by releasing fox and feral cat populations from the suppression of dingoes,” Allen continued. “This is a myth, and does not happen in reality.”

Instead, Mr Allen said, researchers found that all predator and wildlife populations fluctuated independently of dingo control...

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