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Publications archive - Biodiversity


Key departmental publications, e.g. annual reports, budget papers and program guidelines are available in our online archive.

Much of the material listed on these archived web pages has been superseded, or served a particular purpose at a particular time. It may contain references to activities or policies that have no current application. Many archived documents may link to web pages that have moved or no longer exist, or may refer to other documents that are no longer available.

Review of existing Red Fox, Wild Dog, Feral Cat, Feral Rabbit, Feral Pig, and Feral Goat control in Australia. I. Audit

Ben Reddiex, David M. Forsyth, Eve McDonald-Madden, Luke D. Einoder, Peter A. Griffioen, Ryan R. Chick, and Alan J. Robley.
Department of the Environment and Heritage, 2004

9. Key recommendations

Until the following are enacted our knowledge of the costs and benefits of pest animal control for native species will remain unreliable:

  1. The benefits and costs to native species and ecological communities of pest animal control need to be determined using study designs that include replicated and where possible randomly allocated treatment and non-treatment areas, and adequate monitoring of changes in the abundance of both pests and resources. We recommend focusing on a limited number of properly designed experiments (i.e., "evaluation" sites).
  2. Contracts for the delivery of pest animal control must stipulate strict conditions about the design of the control program and its associated monitoring programs and reporting. At the least, actions should include pre- and post-control monitoring of the abundance of the pest animal and conservation resources being protected, and if at all possible include one or more non-treatment areas.
  3. Federal and State/Territory agencies should design and implement pest animal control operations with the intention of undertaking meta-analysis on the key outcomes of the operations.
  4. Standard protocols are required for estimating: (i) the kill rate of pest animals and native species during control operations, and (ii) the absolute or relative abundance of pest animals and conservation resources.
  5. Organisations/funding bodies need to collate and store data from pest animal control operations and any associated monitoring in a way that is both accessible to managers and amenable to future meta-analysis.
  6. Impediments to the incorporation of experimental design principles in pest animal control programs should be investigated to ensure future control programs are driven by reliable knowledge.