Warren ripping: its impacts on European rabbits and other wildlife of central Australia amid the establishment of rabbit haemorrhagic disease

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Edwards, G. P., Dobbie, W. and Berman, D. McK.. 2002. "Warren ripping: its impacts on European rabbits and other wildlife of central Australia amid the establishment of rabbit haemorrhagic disease." Wildlife Research. 29 (6), pp. 567-575. https://doi.org/10.1071/WR00098
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Warren ripping: its impacts on European rabbits and other wildlife of central Australia amid the establishment of rabbit haemorrhagic disease

ERA Journal ID3020
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsEdwards, G. P. (Author), Dobbie, W. (Author) and Berman, D. McK. (Author)
Journal TitleWildlife Research
Journal Citation29 (6), pp. 567-575
Number of Pages9
Year2002
PublisherCSIRO Publishing
Place of PublicationAustralia
ISSN1035-3712
1448-5494
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1071/WR00098
Web Address (URL)http://www.publish.csiro.au/wr/WR00098
Abstract

The impacts of warren ripping on European rabbits and other wildlife were studied at four sites in central Australia over a 2.5-year period. At each site, treated (ripped) and untreated plots were established. On the treated plots, warrens were ripped over an area of 20–140 km2. Rabbit haemorrhagic disease (RHD) became established in central Australia during the study. There were fewer rabbits on ripped plots compared with untreated plots both before and after the establishment of RHD. There was also less sign of exotic predators (red foxes and feral cats) on ripped plots. The amount of dingo sign observed and the number of peregrine falcons, brown falcons, kites and goshawks combined and kestrels and hobby falcons combined changed with time but no treatment effect was detected. No consistent treatment effect was detected for red kangaroos, varanid lizards, small mammals or other raptor species.

Keywordswarren ripping, European rabbit, rabbit haemorrhagic disease
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020410404. Environmental management
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Byline AffiliationsParks and Wildlife Commission, Northern Territory
Centralian Land Management Association, Northern Territory
Department of Natural Resources and Mines, Queensland
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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