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Co-existing with dingoes: Challenges and solutions to implementing non-lethal management

journal contribution
posted on 21.06.2021, 02:34 by Bradley SmithBradley Smith, Robert G Appleby, Neil R Jordan
Where wild carnivores such as the Australian dingo interact with and impact on livestock enterprises, lethal control and landscape-scale exclusion are commonly employed. However, interest in alternative non-lethal management approaches has recently increased. This is evidenced by several reviews of non-lethal methods that can be said to be working toward improved coexistence. Nevertheless, and despite centuries of conflict, our non-lethal human-wildlife coexistence toolkit remains remarkably deficient. Innovation and evaluation of non-lethal methods should be prioritised to ensure that the economic, ecological, cultural and intrinsic values of dingoes are retained, while minimising the economic and emotional costs of conflict with livestock producers. In this paper we summarise some of the practical tools that might be effective in relation to the dingo, particularly those yet to be formally investigated, and discuss some of the possible hurdles to implementation. We conclude by suggesting pathways for human-dingo coexistence, and the steps necessary for appropriately evaluating non-lethal tools.

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Start Page

A

End Page

T

Number of Pages

20

eISSN

2204-2105

ISSN

0067-2238

Publisher

Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales

Language

en

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

Author Research Institute

Appleton Institute

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Australian Zoologist

Article Number

AZ.2020.024